Why Patriots are trying out a college TE on defense


Outside the quarterback competition, Rashod Berry might represent one of the most intriguing storylines in Patriots camp.

In case you hadn't heard of Berry, he is the rookie free agent who made just four starts at tight end for Ohio State over his five years at the school. He is also not necessarily playing tight end for his new team.

Berry lived life as a backup tight end for the Buckeyes for almost all of his collegiate career. But it was during a brief stretch during the 2019 season when he moved to the defensive side the ball during first overall pick Chase Young's suspension that may have punched his ticket to an NFL invitation.

Appearing on OMF, Boston College head coach, and former Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley offered some insight into Berry's position change.

"I think that’s an awesome pickup," Hafley said of the former Buckeye, who is listed on the Patriots' Web site as both a tight end and defensive end. "Last year at Ohio State I was the defensive coordinator but he was on offense for the first part. I would tell (Ohio State head coach) Ryan (Day) all the time, ‘This kid is explosive, he’s quick-twitch, he can get open.’ And they weren’t really using him that much. At the end of the year, I asked if I could get him on defense and we started having him rush the passer. In the Penn State game, he beat a tackle so fast off the edge and hit the quarterback … I wish I had this kid for two years. I like the fact they list him as both. I think he has tremendous upside and if he puts in the work and does everything they ask you’re going to see a kid who can flash athletically."