Bill Belichick

Chase Chase Winovich’s New England Patriots have shown some glimmers of hope in each of his two seasons in the NFL. He had 11 sacks total in his short career, but in 2020, Winovich led the sacks made with 8, according to ESPN’s Seth Walder.

Chase Winovich is right, but we have him at 8:00!

– Seth Walder 14. January 2021

You can see that Vinovich is one of the few passers on the team, but he still has room to grow. That’s exactly what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is hoping for. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Belichick wants Winovich to gain weight before the 2021 season if the 25-year-old continues to push the passer against the league’s massive offensive production.

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Winovich should be around 260, Belichick says.

Here’s what Belichick said in his brief assessment of the player’s talent.

At 240i, 245 [pounds] he is best positioned to be at the line of scrimmage with monsters from 320 pounds to 260 pounds.

Winovich is definitely a little light on most ends. Even if he had a pop at the time of the attack, he may be worried about how his body will handle the extra muscle mass. If Winovich gets stronger and maintains his explosiveness, he could potentially double his bag total with this combination of muscle strengthening and additional experience.

Patriots still need additional support on the border

Even if Winovich can turn himself into a first-class smuggler. This is just one aspect of the Patriots’ racing game. The other side desperately needs an injection of talent. Josh Uche, a former Michigan Winovich player, showed great promise in his short time on the field.

Uche is also a bit small, 6’3″ 245 pounds, but he’s another young Patriot linebacker who turned a few heads in his relatively short time on the field. Maybe Winovich and Uche will give the Patriots a solid rush of passing edges in 2021.

Uche proved his versatility in 2020, even though it seems he was given too much responsibility early in his career. Belichick also seems very excited about Uche. This is how he describes the 2020 season he envisions in 2021:

We tried to figure out in advance what his best place would be, and we tried to get that done. He is a good football player, and next year we can better define his role and his situation. …he has a bright future.

If the Patriots want to address the issue further, they will have to go to the NFL Draft and Free Agency to close some of the potential holes. The Patriots have serious issues with their offensive game, so fixing this side of the ball early in the draft could be an issue. As a result, the Patriots could not select a forward defender until the second or third day. But as we’ve learned from the Patriots in recent years, the best are often taken later in the project.

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