Which Patriot is most likely in store for famed Year 2 Jump?


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Which Patriot is most likely in store for the famed Year 2 Jump?

This is actually a pretty easy one, especially after what we saw in the spring during OTAs and minicamp -- Josh Uche.

The second-round pick from a year ago only played in nine games and finished with nine tackles and one sack, but we expect this to be a completely different year for the Michigan product. After what we saw during the spring, he should be a force rushing the passer and having Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy playing with him at linebacker could allow him to get better matchups creating more opportunities to get after opposing quarterbacks.

It would not be a surprise at all to see him with at least five sacks in 2021.

It also should be noted going with Uche isn't a slight in the least towards Kyle Dugger and Michael Onwenu. Both players had great rookie seasons and we expect them to continue to grow and be even better than they were a year ago.