Josh Uche promises not to get “big-headed” after breakout season

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Patriots edge rusher Josh Uche totaled 11 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and nine tackles for loss in the final 10 games last season. He had 4.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits in his first 26 games.

Uche isn’t resting on his breakout season.

Last year is last year. Can’t cash in on much from last year,” Uche said Thursday, via Chris Mason of “It’s a new season. Just focusing on the next opponent, just improving. It’s a new season. New plays need to be made new steps need to be taken. Just trying to forget last year, just build and become the best football player I can be.”

Uche, a second-round pick in 2020, said he needed time to mature. He credits guidance from Jamie Collins as well as Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater for helping him figure things out.

But Uche is looking where he’s going, not from where he’s come.

“I just feel like if you get so big-headed on what you did in the past, you’re going to trip up trying to get where you want to go,” Uche said. “I try to leave that where it’s at and understand this is a new slate. This is a new season, and there’s new opportunities. If I’m worried about the past, then I can’t capitalize on the future.”

7 responses to “Josh Uche promises not to get “big-headed” after breakout season

  1. I didn’t like the pick at the time, as he has small shoulders and isn’t a prototypical BB OLB.

    I think in this case, “mature” means adding some weight and understanding the concepts of what BB wants on the edge.

    That said, he’s more of subrusher type. But, with 12 sacks, it makes you laugh at how overpaid the Bosas of the world are with the hype from where they were drafted.

    Hopefully, he can prove to be more of a true 3 down guy.

  2. The guy’s got great bend off the edges and pairs well with Matthew Judon coming from the other side..Washington needs a guy like this…

  3. Sounds like an intelligent thought process by the young man…. Hopefully with the new additions to the D not only he but many of the guys can improve as well… if he can step it up & stays healthy I believe the D will be a thing of beauty!!
    New year indeed!!
    Go Pats!!

  4. See how that works once he gets paid. He’ll be like every pro athlete once he gets paid he will be making business decisions and probably won’t get more than 5 sacks a season the rest of his career.

  5. I have seen Josh Uche play (or not play) for 3 seasons. Regardless of the stats he put up for half a season, he has been a huge disappointment.

  6. I don’t agree that Uche was a huge disappointment. For a 2nd round pick, he could have been better, but he’s a good player. Belichick loves the Big 10 and fell in love with Michigan’s defense. Winovich was a disappointment too. You can tell by the Pats drafts who they aren’t gonna pay. Despite having a ton of cap room in 2024, I believe they let Uche and Onwenu walk next year.

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