Josh Uche learning from Patriots history ahead of second NFL season

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Patriots linebacker Josh Uche changed his number to No. 55 this offseason after the team signed Kyle Van Noy and he’s aware of the history that comes with that jersey.

Uche was seven years old when Willie McGinest left the Patriots, but he has spent time this offseason brushing up on the franchise’s history and told reporters on Tuesday that it is “an honor to even be allowed to wear a number” that McGinest wore. He said he’s finding things to add to his game from watching the Super Bowl winners that McGinest was a part of in New England.

“I’ve just been going back and watching the old Patriots Super Bowls,” Uche said, via the team’s website. “Big games. Just seeing guys like [Willie] obviously throughout those games, just the way he dominated the game, the tenacity those guys played with definitely gives you that old school vibe of football. You can always be more aggressive. Like Rodney Harrison, [Richard] Seymour, how aggressive they are. They’re just gangster. Like, they’ll hit you in the mouth, get up, talk a little smack to you and come right back with it. So definitely can take those things away from their game.”

The Patriots made different history in Uche’s rookie season by missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. If Uche’s dip into the archives lads to a second-year leap, their chances of making it back to the postseason will look better.

22 responses to “Josh Uche learning from Patriots history ahead of second NFL season

  1. Just learned Adrian Phillips had more pass break ups, ints and tackles than Jamal Adams.

    lol

    When people rave about all these other teams’ players, I just laugh at how much more some of us know about the sport than the lazy media.

    Adrian Phillips>>Jamal Adams and it didn’t cost 2 1st rders and what will be 17 mil per when he gets done with Schneider and Carroll at the table.

    Uche, Dugger, Onwenu, hopefully Jennings can come
    on as welll along with some of the good players from the 2019 draft as well.

    The Pats D will be nasty especially with the secondary and linebackers being what they are. They’re loaded and got the NT and other 3-4 DE spot locked down again.

  2. Ballsdeep says:
    May 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm
    And they’ve got Stidham don’t forget.

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    Yes and they also have this guy named Bill Belichick.

  3. So the Patriots were a pretty bad organization for two-thirds of their existence. It is trending back to the mean. Thank goodness.

  4. Just more proof that Bill Belichick is building skyscrapers while my favorite team is building mud huts with thatched roofs.

  5. Yes and they also have this guy named Bill Belichick………….you mean that guy that was fired in Cleveland and has a less than .500 winning percentage without his binky Tom Brady?

  6. Just more proof that Bill Belichick is building skyscrapers while my favorite team is building mud huts with thatched roofs.

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    How do you know he is not building mud huts?

  7. Perfect name for a Patriots player. Can’t spell “you cheated” without Uche.

  8. Roster is at a B-, B level, trending in the right direction. They can compete this year.

  9. The will be the number one defense in the NFL this year.

    Top 10 offense with a top 5 running game.

    Number one scoring special teams.

    Underestimate BB all you want.

    He has proved all you loud mouthed know-nothings wrong time and time again and in 2021 he’ll do it yet again.

  10. weswelker83 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm
    The will be the number one defense in the NFL this year.

    Top 10 offense with a top 5 running game.

    Number one scoring special teams.

    Underestimate BB all you want.

    He has proved all you loud mouthed know-nothings wrong time and time again and in 2021 he’ll do it yet again.

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    It’s just mortifying. Many of them may not have even born when game manager Brady was protected by great Ds and Special Teams.

    They don’t even know how it works. lol

  11. William Lee says:
    May 18, 2021 at 8:32 pm
    Just more proof that Bill Belichick is building skyscrapers while my favorite team is building mud huts with thatched roofs.

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    How do you know he is not building mud huts?

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    Umm, 20 years evidence and 11-5 with Cassel?

  12. Umm, 20 years evidence and 11-5 with Cassel?

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    Did Cassel look away from intended receivers to fool defenders a bit moment?

    All of Belichick’s greatness is built on that the offense didn’t need top paid WR. Who was responsible for it?

  13. Rodney Harrison was BB’s best free agent signing, and he has had a lot. It was unbelievable to watch Rodney in that secondary. A smart, tough, durable trash-talking MF. Great player.

  14. “They’re loaded”
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    Weren’t they loaded last season?

  15. “billsrthefuture says:
    May 19, 2021 at 9:53 am
    “They’re loaded”
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    Weren’t they loaded last season?”
    Ummm no they had the leagues most opt outs just a week or two before the season started, EIGHT and most of them were starters… so NO they were most definitely not loaded last season. Enjoy your brief stay atop the division, the bad men are coming back hard and fast!!!

  16. It’s hard to judge Bill on his seasons without Brady starting. One was his first year as head coach when he took over a terrible team. The 2nd was Brady’s injury year which had to of had an effect on the teams morale. Then you have last year’s disaster. This year will be the one. Bill has won an awful lot of games against more talented teams even with Brady at the helm. He is the best coach to ever coach in the NFL and if he was free there would be 31 other teams rushing to sign him.

  17. Ummm no they had the leagues most opt outs just a week or two before the season started,

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    That doesn’t explain how bad offense was.

  18. It’s hard to judge Bill on his seasons without Brady starting. One was his first year as head coach when he took over a terrible team.

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    Robert Kraft admits Patriots used to laugh at teams that spent big in free agency.

    Belichick is building offense in a way he used to believe stupid, meaning, the reason he was able to build the team with Brady in a way that no other coaches could was because he had Brady. In other word, he already admitted that the winning system for Pats dynasty was Brady’s system.

  19. “William Lee says:
    May 19, 2021 at 10:20 am
    Ummm no they had the leagues most opt outs just a week or two before the season started,

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    That doesn’t explain how bad offense was.”

    No it explains how they were not “loaded” as the OP wrote. They were in fact hampered in many ways. The lose of Brady was obviously too much to over come but so was the opting out of their full back and tight end. Honestly once many of the starters opted out I think BB wrote the season off and started focusing on this season.

  20. The lose of Brady was obviously too much to over come …. Honestly once many of the starters opted out I think BB wrote the season off and started focusing on this season.

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    Belichick didn’t wrote the season off, neither did his believers, otherwise they wouldn’t have won 7 games.

    Belichick obviously underestimated the impact of Brady’s leaving (as he said “we won 11 with Matt Cassel”), and thought he could still build offense in the way he did with Brady, i.e throwing some castoff to his QB and let his QB work his ass off to figure who would be good fit and he collects credits, what I call “FINDING GOLD AMONG ROCKS”.

    He obviously had no clue what made those “easy” plays work, and thought he had a magic system, the halo his believers put above his head. That is why he thought it was stupid to spend big in free-agency, that is why he was confidently enough to reach out to other teams after 2017 season. He must regret now that he didn’t pull a Bill Walsh.

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