The New England Patriots have had several players really step up ever since the 2020 season started. Outside linebackers Chase Winovich and Derek Rivers and defensive end Deatrich Wise are all doing their best to replace Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy in their defensive front seven.
Winovich has had 15 total pressures, eight hurries, four QB hits and three sacks on 91 opportunities. Rivers has contributed with five total pressures, three hurries and two sacks in 33 opportunities. Wise, on the other hand, has eight pressures, four hurries, three QB hits and a sack in 67 opportunities.
It’s amazing to see how much these players have stepped up, considering the situation that they were in. With most of the starters opting out or leaving for other teams, they have used their chance to show the team what they can do and they’ve really made the most of it.
When talking about his last game with the Patriots, Winovich explained:
“It was really weird, but like I said, we’re so fluid in the sense that whatever is being thrown our way we’re just going to take it and try to make the best of it. It just is what it is. My whole attitude is trying not to complain or trying to make things more difficult for myself and those around me than they actually already are.”
He also said:
“Ultimately, hitting people, and hitting [Patrick] Mahomes, is a blast. So just the opportunity to go out and do that, whatever I have to do — if I have to wake up at 4:30 in the morning — then we’re going to do it. But it was definitely weird. I was joking with the guys, ‘What if we come out and we just look amazing and have our best game of all-time? We’re going to have to travel the same day of the game from now on.’ I don’t think they liked it.”
We can’t wait to see him back on the field.