Ronnie Perkins notes he was targeted by Steve Belichick, not Bill

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While Bill Belichick is still in charge of all aspects with the Patriots, it does seem like he's leaning a little more on other people, especially relating to the NFL Draft.

Speaking on his conference call after being selected in Round 3, Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins noted he had communicated only with Steve Belichick in the pre-draft process, and not Bill.

"I wasn’t talking to Coach Bill Belichick but I was talking to Coach Steve Belichick and I was really still mind-blown that I was talking to somebody who is part of the Belichick family," he said. "You mention that name, that’s just one of the most legendary head coaches in the NFL. So just to be talking to his son who will probably be just like him in a few years – definitely talking to him was a huge blessing and I was super excited. Now I’m super excited to go in and play for both of those guys."

Perkins added when speaking with Patriots.com: “It was real fun and just unique, like really getting to know the younger Belichick. It was real fun just throughout the whole process. I could tell he liked me a lot as a player, so it really wasn’t surprising to me that I ended up here.”

Steve Belichick is officially listed as the outside linebackers coach, but did call the defensive plays in 2020. This could also be an indication the Patriots are considering moving Perkins to more of an outside linebacker role.

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