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What's going on? It's your boy Ray in Welcome to my little show here on D P N ah Leaves Ajumma, Pats Nation.
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Last night, that really wasn't my my best work.
Let's call it, um, but ah, it is what it is.
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Here's a ladder for tonight.
For those of you watching on YouTube films were watching on YouTube.
I'll be talking about Michael Venit and how he is filling the void that's been left by trade flowers.
I'm gonna talk about the Patriots wide receiver battle and more particular the wide receiver battle.
According to Devin McCourty, I'm gonna give you some updates and some upcoming dates and segments are going to be on YouTube and sports YouTube sportscaster videos You guys been requesting? I want to get out.
I'm gonna finish the day by talking about the patriot, Beatrice Weiss, Jr.
Who's actually now finding himself fighting for a roster spot.
And by no means is a loss to rock lock.
I go, it's gonna be one of those streams, guys.
Ah, but before I start, there is a couple of things I want to talk about.
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Um, One other thing I want to talk about really, before getting the meat of things today.
Guys was on Facebook today because I'm at that age.
I still use Facebook and please read an article before you start reacting two headlines.
It drives me crazy, and Facebook is the worst for it.
Um, there was a reaction today, and it was about how Tom Brady is done and washed up.
It was by 12 up, and the comments on Facebook under this article under one of the Patriot groups are a part of.
It was just pure rage coming out of everybody and and calling up the haters.
But if you actually read the article is actually a tongue in cheek article, sort of laughing at the people who keep saying that Tom Brady's done so.
It was really getting embarrassing to read their comments because I didn't read their comments till after I read the article and, you know, past Nation, do us proud man and read the articles before you start freaking out reacting to things.
And lastly, I don't know if you guys heard the news today.
The Patriots have officially released and waved Danny at lean.
Um, please feel free to carry on with your life because it's not gonna change whatsoever on, and that's it.
So let me get into what I want to talk about today, and that's how the Patriots Michael Bennett is really starting to fill that void that was left by trade flowers.
So we all knew that trade Flowers was gonna be gone at the end of the 2019 season or at the end of the 2018 season.
And he was gonna play for somebody else this year.
We knew he was gonna demand too much money.
I mean, I think I already started talking about flowers contract back in like November.
I know Patriots Global was already talking about it, like in December and January in the playoffs.
And remember, this kept saying, Let's just enjoy having trade flowers on the team before we start worrying about his contract.
And then, sure enough, you want office signed a $90,000,000 contract with Lions.
We knew that Bilbao check was gonna replace him.
So what did the Patriots lose when they lost three flowers? Well, if I look at my notes, they, um According to me, uh, the last one was probably their best pass rusher on the team Last year, he was the most seasoned defensive end and really the defensive line leader of the team.
Um, there was already a concern around the Patriots pass rush.
And when you know when we come to the conclusion that Trey Flowers wasn't come back, it wasn't coming back.
I actually got very concerned what would happen, because I believe that the past rush was the missing piece of the patrons defense and losing a guy like flowers.
Um, you heard it even Maur.
And you know what? It's also a lot of young defensive linemen who looked up to him as a leader and looked up to him to lead the team.
And then it happened, right? And then it happened.
And then the news broke that Michael Bennett was coming to the team and I was super excited, and I'll get into that in a second.
But I want to read an article or ah, piece of an article from Henry McKenna.
Ah, that that he was talking about Michael Bennett today and he said, this quote trade Flowers is no longer the veteran voice of the New England Patriots defensive end group.
He wasn't 2018 when he was entering his fourth year in the NFL because the Patriots were lacking in veterans.
They look to flowers who excelled enough to earn a $90,000,000 contract with lines in the off season.
Now we all know end quote.
Now we all know that Bill Belichick was doing everything he could to get his hands on Michael Bennett.
He even tried to make a move the season before Ah, and make a and try to make a trade for him.
But it just didn't happen because, you know, they offered Seattle more, but they already agreed to, ah, trade in principle with Philly and whatever, so we couldn't get him.
But I've talked about it.
I think twice now that in like the last three days that my two favorite moves in the off season we're re signing Jamie Collins into treating from trading for Michael Bennett.
And I'm excited about what Michael Bennett's gonna bring this team this year because he's gonna bring a different level of aggressiveness and we've seen on the Patriots before.
Ah, he's gonna bring a different level of competitiveness in a different level of leadership.
He's also a guy that's been a part of two different defensive systems, and he's a 10 year veteran in the NFL and now, a lot of those young players who were looking at the trade flowers before they air now starting to look up to Michael Bennett.
Now here's what.
Um well, McKenna wrote this, but he was quoting Beatrice Weiss Jr and he said, Quote his insight is very great.
Defensive end Beatrice Wise Jr told Patriots wire Monday from a guy who's been in the league multiple years and has played different positions.
He knows how to coach any position and any technique.
He sees what his teammates are good at and what they're lacking, and he plays off of that.
So if someone's good with their hands used, that if someone's faster or stronger, he tells them to use that strength.
So he's very intelligent when it comes to reading his teammates and helping them improve, and he's intelligent at reading the defense end. Quote.
So Michael Bennett does bring a versatility that the Patriots haven't had.
Now I remember I was talking about, you know, Michael Bennett being able to rush up the middle, and some pager fans came out me a little bit and talked about how Bill Belichick did line trade flowers up a lot in the interior, the defensive line, and he did, and he was highly ineffective of that role.
Flowers paid his best out of the defensive end position, going up against tackles.
He struggled going up against guards.
Where's Bennett can line up in the middle.
He can line up on the outside.
He can really line up anywhere.
It makes him really, really versatile as a defensive lineman, Um, and you know what I mean.
He's also coming in, and it's not just his on field performance that gives him that kind of versatility.
It's also the way he's taking over as being sort of like a mentor to the young players on the Patriots.
Um, you know, So he's doing a good job on the field.
He's also doing a good job off the field, you know? So McKenna wrote this, He said Bennett brings unique versatility.
It's challenging to label him a defensive end because he spent so much time a defensive tackle and vice versa.
He can play every technique in every position across the defensive line, which should prove useful with the Patriots flashing of normal defensive fronts during the first preseason game.
Ah, they went with 123 and four man fronts.
It's easy to imagine Bennett on the field and every one of those formations because of his experience in his product productive play in so many roles on the defensive line.
That's why his ability to work with the younger defensive lineman may end up playing dividends for the whole team.
And Adam Butler had some, uh, some good stuff to say about him, two out of Butler said.
It's good to have someone like him in the room that's been through so many games and has a lot of experience.
I'm a younger guy, and I know I'm Ah, third year player, but I always need someone to look up to.
He's someone to look up to.
Ah, he's got some good advice and good advice to get from end quote.
So you know, that's the whole thing.
I remember when Bennett came in, Uh, I'd say 95% of fascination was very excited about the trade, but there were some people that we're talking about Bennett having a bad attitude, and Bubba Bubba, Bubba, Bubba Block.
The reality is, is Michael Bennett is a leader in the dressing room um, he's not a cancer as some Patriot fans of Dean's amounts and you've read my comments.
Anytime I talk about Michael Bennett, you'll see that not everybody is a Michael Bennett fan in the whole anthem.
Thing I know has rubbed people the wrong way, and, you know, they wanted him cut because of that as well.
But he brings a lot of that dressing room.
His on field performance is almost identical to what trade flowers did, and I'll compare the two of them.
The trade Flowers forced three fumbles last year and combined for 57 tackles.
He sacked the quarterback seven and 1/2 times.
He hit the quarterback 20 times, and he had nine total tackles for loss.
Michael Bennett forced two fumbles, one last had a combined 34 tackles, nine sacks hit the quarterback 30 times and 15 total tackles for loss.
So I know that Flowers led a little bit in the, you know, combined tackles.
But when you look at everything else, it's really balanced and they're very you can compare the performances.
They're very similar players to each other in the sense of what they produce.
It's just that Michael Bennett comes with a ton. More experience.
Ah, lot more aggression and a little bit of that veteran savvy.
When it comes the leadership, it's unfair to compare the two.
It's unfair for me to make that comparison.
I don't sit in the Patriotslocker room, and I'm done and sick and tired of people who don't sit in the patriotslocker room trying to report like they're a player on the team.
If you're a video maker, if your ah, you know, a Twitter bird or a Twitter egg, if you're a Facebook warrior, a keyboard warrior, whatever you are, even if you're a respected journalist, unless your plane on the New England Patriots, unless you're a part of all those team meetings, unless you're a part of being apart, you know of everything that Patriots do inside the locker room.
You should not be talking about players as leaders because you have no idea who an actual leader is.
What I'm going by is what the players are staying in the media.
You have to go by.
It's all I can go by, and I'm I'm really starting to come to a point that I'm on Lee believing what I hear out of players mouths and not what I hear out of anybody else's.
Here's what the Ron Harmon, another captain of the Patriots, had disable.
Michael Bennett, he said, quote.
He's like Marty there.
And by Marty, he means Martellus Bennett.
Uh, they're completely the same.
They're huge human beans, but they're very so soft spoken.
When they get on the field or like monsters, they're explosive.
They're fast, they're strong.
Everything you want from a football player there it what coach Belichick always says about leadership.
The best way to show leadership is to do things right all the time.
Every time he gets out there, he's doing it the right way.
He's working with the younger guys.
Everything you expect from a veteran guy he's leading in the right way.
End quote, as we all know, and this has been well documented by players by coaches.
So I think I can say this in New England.
The Patriots, Patriots culture or the Patriots way, whatever you wanna call it over everything and Martel is Bennett.
At least what I'm seen falls into that perfectly and, you know, personally, I pats nation.
We all fell in love with my tell us about it, and he fit into it.
And it's not surprising that Michael Bennett is becoming a fit for the Patriots as well.
If they're the same kind of person.
We saw what Bartels did on this team, that kind of attitude.
Don't forget my tell us was a guy who came in with a bad reputation, and he turned into, like in New England, sweetheart by the end of it, and I think Michael Bennett could have the same effect impacts nation.
Um, look, like I said, we all know how much Bill Belichick wanted Bennett for how long he wanted it and buy everything I'm reading and seen.
It's, you know, it's We're starting to see why Belichick wanted him.
Let me kind of finish this off with you.
This is McCann again, and it says quote.
But we've only heard from the defensive players.
The offense isn't quite so fond of Bennett.
Ah, they've got to figure out how to block them.
Tackle Dan Skipper, who was unavailable for comment on Mondays through two middle fingers at Bennett after the defensive and slap skipper on the helmet after the whistle tackle Isaiah win, meanwhile, seems to have enjoyed the challenge.
Whence Wind said that Bennett is unpredictable during one on one drills.
Ah, where offense and defense lineman square off.
Bennett has so many pass rush moves that wind can never pinpoint what he'll try next.
Here's what when, said quote, just going against a guy like that who has a whole toolbox of moves and his Evette just keeps you on your toes, just being able to learn from him and pick up those moves.
It's been great.
So at least in my opinion, Michael Bennett has softened the blow of us losing trade flowers, which I know was a concern for a lot of people going into this season.
Obviously, if we're reading what the players were saying, they're happy about what happened.
Um, people who came out and said that he had to prove himself on this team and I won't throw names in anybody but people who said that he's got to come out and prove himself.
I hope you're set.
The players are talking about him.
I hope you're satisfied that he's starting to prove himself and you know what, And Bennett, in my opinion, is making it clear that a he still has it is a football player, and b he belongs in the New England Patriots again.
Like I said, my opinion never matters when it comes to how AH person is okay, not how what I see on the field, I can analytically break down tape.
I can look at how a player place I understand that piece of football not being in the locker room.
Anybody, any video maker, any streamer, any media person.
Anybody who's not involved can't do it.
You have to listen to what the coaches and the team mates say.
That's what you have to listen to.
And if I'm looking? What? Harmon, Adam Butler? Dietrich's twice, um, Isaiah win when those guys were talking like that, That's where I start to get a lot of respect for Michael Bennett.
The person, um, so listen everybody on YouTube.
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Um, next up on Sports Caster, I'll be talking about the Patriots wide receiver battle, giving you some updates on the video streams coming up.
And I also talked about Beatrice twice.
Ah, you know how he's adapting to his new role on the defense and how he is really fighting for a roster spot.
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So I'm gonna talk now a little bit about the Patriots wide receiver battle.
So before Oh, ta started this year.
You know, I made my original pre ot a prediction video over on YouTube way before I even knew it.
And here were my five receivers on the team.
I say five because my six receivers always going Matthew Slater.
But here were my five receivers.
I, Julian Edelman, Nikkila, Harry Philip, Door set, the merriest Thomas and Braxton Barrios.
Because on paper, that made the most amount of sense to me.
That's who I truly believed was going to be.
The five man rotation.
My new and current roster prediction is still Julian Edelman and McKeel Harry.
I still have Philip Door set and I'll get a little bit in the door set in a minute.
But now I have Maurice Harris making this team and I have Jacoby Meyers making this team.
Now this could change, and it's the same thing.
Like my roster prediction that I made on Ah on Sunday.
This could change at any minute.
I'm gonna keep making roster predictions.
Based on what I'm seeing right now and through practice, it won't be until I make my final one the Friday before cut day that I actually start to like, say, Okay, here's what I really think it happened right now.
Those are my five, but really, the wide receiver position is wide open and it's been the best training camp story.
So the guys that I don't have on my roster right now that really have a chance of making this team.
You got Braxton Barrios, who had a really good game against the Lions.
He had really good practices against the Lions as well, and he's also showing that he has some ability.
Is a punt returner, which could slot him into one of those wide receiver spots.
Dontrelle Inman had a couple of good catches against the lines in the preseason, and apparently his practices air getting better.
Even though I still see him as the most ground to make up in this race and he's probably the furthest behind.
If he could really make a dash and a sprint with his sort of leadership in the way he can go, he's got an opportunity.
Um you got Cameron Meredith, who is currently on the pop lists.
But I said it the other day.
If if he comes out and performs as advertised, we cannot retire when he can perform.
When he's not hurt, he's got a chance.
I still believe at this point that the Marius Thomas will start the season on the pup list, but I think at some point this season, we're going to see Thomas.
Josh Gordon is a wild card.
I've already predicted we're going to see Josh Gordon at some point this season.
I know that some of my fan base and some of the Patriots Nations fan base has believed that we're going to see him bye Week one.
I think that that train is starting to leave the station.
There's still a little bit of a possibility the NFL seems to be dragging their feet on reinstatement.
Um, I said he I couldn't even though I really don't think he deserves and coming back Week five.
And then, of course, Matthew Slater is gonna be our default.
Um, because of his special teams play s O.
There was an article written by Nick Gauss on Yahoo Sports and basically what he does.
He pick the brain of Devin McCourty and sort of a Cordis thoughts on the wide receiver battle.
And I like getting the opinion of a veteran defensive player like McCord ae and especially a veteran defensive back like McCord.
I think it's the perfect guy to get the opinion from because he's, you know, him and his unit.
They're the ones that are going out there.
Ah, and they're the ones going out there and competing against these receivers.
So here's what McCord he said, Really, just about the battle between the defense and the offense of camp.
Right now, he said, quote, Ah, they've been very competitive.
I think it's been fun whenever you get new guys, younger guys to come in since April and start against us, starting with May practices.
We had a lot of new guys that knew our defense were sorry.
Ah, we're well into some of the things we do from a defensive standpoint, some of the adjustments and now you're starting to see some of those guys like yeah, all right, I've seen this before.
I've been out here.
I know what Tom Brady wants.
I know what Brian Hoyer wants.
This is how I'll adjust.
So it's been fun.
Um, the two units help each other, even though they're competing against each other in practice to two units competing each other and having too good units, a defensive unit and an offensive unit will just help teams.
Both units be better, because when you're competing against better competition, you're gonna play better.
When you're competing against lower competition, you're gonna play.
You're gonna look like you're playing really well, but you're really gonna be playing down to inferior products.
Um, and listen, the Patriots having such a good secondary with stuff on Gilmore in J.
Jackson, you know, in Devin McCourty and Iran harm in.
And I'm sure those guys in there I'm missing the way Jonathan Jones is playing right now.
You know, Jason McCourty Uh, speaking of which special happy birthday to the McCord twins today.
Um, but when you have those kind of guys, that's only gonna make the Patriots wide receivers better.
And here's a McCord is Sanibel competition.
He says, quote, You see a lot of these drills.
You see, a lot of these drills are back and forth, and I think that's a good sign that everybody's out there competing in camp.
Ah, and it's just been fun seeing these guys get better.
Even guys like Maurice Harris.
That's the guy that's played in the league.
But when you come somewhere new, he's adjusting.
He's competing, He's making plays.
Bill Belichick always says It's like a heavyweight fight.
You just have to keep throwing haymakers back and forth.
And that's how you get better as a team and quote, And you know, here's what I take from that and I think it's it's kind of come through in some of Bill Belichick's press conferences or not are a CZ.
Well, I mean, is nobody on the patrons can take a playoff off this camp? There's so much talent in the wide receiving corps and the secondary core, you can't afford to take a playoffs.
There's so many guys that compete for starting positions.
I will gladly take a starting position from you that if you take a playoff that could set you back two or three paces in this race, Um, Patriots practices are always intense.
We know that in Bilbao checks always hard on guys.
We've seen the videos of the hills and and all that kind of stuff, But I think this is one of those situations where nobody spot is safe.
I mean, there's a couple of locks on this team, Tom Brady being wind, Julian Edelman Probably being another.
And I exaggerate by saying nobody else, but you guys get what I'm saying.
It's The expectations are higher on this team than most teams.
Um, the paint, the players and the coaches.
Expectations on each other are higher on this team.
This is a team that hold each other accountable to what they're doing.
If you think back to any loss, it's a perfect example of how this team hold each other accountable.
As a team, you never hear a Patriots player coach pointing fingers at anybody.
There's never blamed, even when us as fans turn around and say It's this guy's fault of that guy's falter.
He played like crap or he needs to do better, anything like that.
The Patriots always take accountability for themselves and hold each other accountable.
Tom Brady Oh, come out, See, the whole offense needs to play better or the whole team needs to play better, McCord.
He will come out to.
The whole defense needs to play better.
You know, Bala Check will say that everyone needs to play better and coach better.
There's an accountability on the New England Patriots, and when you have that kind of accountability and you have that kind of accountability on each other, that's what brings the best out in people.
Here's what McCord, a disabled Braxton Barrios, and this is showing the Brax before I get into it.
What Brax embarrasses short of the Patriots is.
Even when you're young, you have responsibility, and age does not reflect leadership.
On the New England Patriots, everybody is expected to make everybody better.
Here's what he said.
Quote even a guy like Braxton.
Barrios didn't play last year but was in our system was working out.
It doesn't take long for people to start of you in us.
Hey, man, you're kind of a veteran.
We need you to pull some of the other young guys along, and I think he's done a great job at that end. Quote.
No, I just talked about the Patriots way of my Bennett video.
You know, that whole team over everything.
The only stat that matters to the New England Patriots is the win loss record and Devin McCord.
These comments are reflective of that.
Look, I already said Everybody makes everybody better on the Patriots and Braxton Barrios as a young kid, is a second year player, a guy who was injured last season.
Don't even get to play a game here.
He is being looked at as a leader.
Here's what else, according to say, both barrels.
Just a quote for one.
Just coming out here with that work ethic each day for him.
That started last year.
All of the guys that were here, we saw them in there working out, getting better.
And I think he's just doing a great job taking advantage of the opportunities End. Quote.
I like to hear that a guy like Barrios, who you know people are now putting on that roster bubble the way he's competing again is only making the defense better.
It's only making the other receivers better, too, because it has to make guys like Jacoby Meyers step up cause Jacoby is an undrafted free agent.
He knows exactly what he's competing against.
Bill Belichick, just Ki mon said he has a long way to go before he can make strides in the NFL.
And, yeah, this is a guy that we consistently keep talking about has a you know, a stock that's rising.
And we know every year the New England Patriots, they sign on some sort of unrestricted free eight or undrafted free agent.
And honestly, this year I think we found this year's candidate.
He's had a really good camp.
He had a really good debut against the Lions.
I'm not ready to lock him into a roster spot yet.
I need to see it for, you know, at least two more games.
If he's not playing Week four, we know for sure that he's locked in, But here's what Devin McCourty disabled Myers.
He said same thing with Jacoby.
He comes in here on as an undrafted rookie.
Ah, you've just got to come out here and try to perform each day and take advantage of whether it's the ones twos or threes.
Just take advantage of every opportunity you get.
I thought he's done a good job of that end.
Quote, I think at the end of the day, the New England Patriots have an absolute legit wide receiver battle on their hands, and it's really it's a different one we've had.
Where there's always a wide receiver battle.
People are always every year fighting for a position and fighting for a spot on the team.
But this is a year where you have legit starters across the board, not superstars but starters across the board that are competing for a position.
I think that as an offense, this is the best collect tive group again, Not the most talented players.
Randy Moss is probably the best receiver that the New England Patriots every had there. Not Josh Gordon.
They're not Wes Welker than all, not Julian Edelman's, but collectively, it's the best sort of receiving group that Tom Brady's ever played with in any combination.
Any five guys that they wanna pick would be a good core for this team.
That's why every snap, whether it's a practice or a game, it's so important to every receiver on this team they need to be able to perform.
That's why sometimes you guys will hear me picking on Marie's Harris a little bit.
He's a guy that right now I have on my list, is starting for this team.
I'm not hating on the guy, but he's made a few wide open drops.
I still think he could have caught at least one of the two against Alliance.
I think he could have called both, but he could have caught one of the two kinds of wines for a touchdown, and he dropped the wide open passing practice yesterday in a flea flicker.
Those are the kind of place that when Belichick is trying to balance out this or that and looking at Exynos, those are the kind of place they're gonna hurt you.
Wide receiving corps has three more games, a handful of practices, more more than a handful, but a bunch of practice.
Three more games and everyone has a chance to prove themselves to Bill Belichick.
All right, guys, before I finish off the stream and talk about Beatrice twice and how he is fighting and battling for a roster position.
I just want to give you guys a couple of dates of things.
I'll be doing both on sportscaster and YouTube and it's just, um, questions that I'm getting about different things sometimes try to bring it out now, so just a reminder that I will be doing an early pre game on Saturday for the Patriots and Titans.
I will not be doing a post game that night because I have a family, Um, engagement.
I have to attend, but it will be back on my regular Sunday stream and I will give you a full analysis of the game on the Sunday Um, I'll give you my updated roster prediction on Sunday as well.
That would give every week, um, the season prediction video that people are looking for.
I'm gonna be giving it the Friday before the season starts on september 6th.
Um, that's gonna be a YouTube exclusive video.
I'm gonna give my final roster prediction.
It's gonna be a special simulcast on Friday, August 30th.
It's gonna be a simulcast between sportscaster and YouTube.
Normally, I'm not on sportscaster on a Friday, but it will be for that day and I'll be giving my final roster prediction.
I'm gonna spell hold a special opening Day live chat on YouTube on the first Sunday.
He ate that 12 p.
Eastern time for about an hour, or we can talk about the game that night and just talk about this season.
And then, of course, the Patriots kicking off their, um, their season on Sunday Night Football against the Steelers and I will be doing a pregame closer to the game that night.
So that's what's going on with the channel right now.
And ah, I just been getting a lot of questions about that stuff, so I wanted to be able to give you guys that answer.
So now I want to talk a little bit about Dia tress Weiss Jr and how he's really battling for a roster position.
Now the Patriots have entered this season with a new defensive philosophy.
Returning defenders on the Patriots would be used to play the 43 defense.
Ah, but when you look at the current roster makeup, it's not surprising to me that the Patriots have decided to go with a 34 and make that change and go with the 34 defense.
Because when you look at the linebacking corps of Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Jawan Bentley, Jamie Collins, Landon Roberts, Brandon King, I'm even throwing Shelly Calhoun and Derrick Rivers in there who were playing that sort of defensive end slash linebacker hybrid position.
The Patriots are gonna be very creative this year and how they use their linebacking corps both in the past rush and in the run game.
And the talent on the linebacking corps in that depth chart of the of the linebackers.
When and when you include the sort of hybrid players is much deeper than the defensive line.
So it doesn't surprise me that the Patriots are going with 34 Now.
Of course, the patrons have always run both of 34 in a 43 We didn't see them run a 25 but from what everything? I'm understanding that reading the New England Patriots will be, um, the New England Patriots will be running a 34 almost exclusively on the defense.
Um, so that's also broaden, sort of a new role for Dietrich's.
Twice for the past two seasons, he's been lined up on the outside, is a traditional defensive and going up against offensive tackles.
He's gonna be playing Maurine Interior now, and he's gonna have to be going up against guards.
The Patriots did ask him to get bigger and bulk up over the winter and over the off season to get ready for this sort of change.
There was an article, I think two weeks ago they came up that said, He's looking bigger and he kind of smiled and said, Yeah, I am.
But when you look at the depth of that defensive line, look at depth, everything.
I mean, there's a question of task that could Weiss be actually completing for a spot on the roster like that's really my question.
Could he be competing for a spot on the roster? And I'll get more into that as this goes on a little bit more.
But a 34 defense is gonna give a big advantage to the interior lineman's like Adam Butler and Lawrence Guy and Mike Canal.
Even Danny Shelton, who I think could excel in this before.
Um, and the opportunity for Weiss could be much less.
But the good news is, is he knows exactly what he needs to do, and he's not afraid to go the extra mile to get it done.
Let me read you.
Ah, an excerpt here from the Patriots wire again.
Henry Henry, mechanic again.
I just love this stuff on, he wrote an article about twice, he said.
Quote Wise is entering his third season on the Patriots, but it's not so simple as to say he's familiar with the New England since 2019 and he seems ready to run a 34 defense and variations of it rather than the 43 defense they ran in the years prior.
Because of that, the team has asked wise to put on weight, and he seems to have balked up.
That's because he's been playing closer to the guards rather than on the tackles on the line of scrimmage.
It's a new position for him, so, like I said, he needs to put in a lot of work.
Um, and according to McKenna, though, this is nothing new for him.
This is nothing new for Dietrich, twice to put in the type of work, to get better because, he said, quote.
Roughly 30 minutes after the end of New England training camp practice, defensive end Deters Weiss was still working against the dummy in the corner of the field.
He was pouring sweat in the human New England heat, but he kept at it.
He's been doing this for three years, in his rookie year and 2017.
He was doing the same thing, staying late with defensive ends, trade flowers and Derrick Rivers.
And, you know, Dietrich's.
Weiss talked about why I had to put in the hard work, is what Weiss said himself.
He said, Quote, I'm hungry.
This is a passion of mine.
This is something that I dream of day in and day out.
I have goals of becoming great to keep working on your moves, work on your strength and strengthen your weaknesses.
So that's like something that I like to do every day.
Just work on my stuff, work on my stuff and then everything.
It's like I said to me, Dietrich twice is, is battling for a roster spot, and having that kind of mentality is gonna work well for him going into camp.
Um, it's really interesting, because usually I would take his age in the factor and he's pretty young and keep us staying on this team.
But really, besides Michael Bennett, the defensive line is pretty young, Um, so I'm not trying to stir the pot or say anything stupid or but I think that Detroit's twice the parts of the realm of possibility of trading.
Beatrice, wife is it's very there.
You know, I just screwed up my entire line, but it's there.
Um, so trading Weiss wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.
That's what I wrote on my sheet here.
Uh, we're supposed to be talking point.
I should have just read it instead of trying to come up with my own words.
Um, so because when you look at the patriotsdefensive line death, considering that they're gonna be running primarily a 34 defense, I'm predicting that they're gonna carry seven. Defensive lineman.
If they were running a 43 then they could carry eight or nine.
But I think they're gonna carry seven.
So you got Michael Bennett.
Who's a lock? You have Lawrence guy who is a lock.
Adam Butler, who's a lock cheese win.
A bitch is a lock just because of his draft position and the performance he's putting on.
Um, So listen my four locks, which of course, will leave three spaces for other guys.
Danny Shelton is another guy fighting for a roster spot, but with his sort of skill, said he could excel in the 34 Mike Penelas.
A guy was fighting for a spot, and he's another guy who can excel in a 34 defense.
I guess John Simon is almost a lock.
He looked pretty.
You look pretty good against the Lions and I was impressed, you know, and look impressive in acting, but he's also got a lot of special team duties, and I don't think Bill Belichick, after the Waist by the special team started last year, is gonna be willing to risk special teams.
You got Byron cohorts who's a rookie but has been putting on solid performances.
You got kind of Beatrice twice, and that's nine guys for seven spots where two people are gonna have to fall off the map and I don't know.
It's not obvious to me who's gonna be there and there's there's other guys on this team.
These are just my big nine that I think are actually fighting for the position because I guess you could at some point at Derrick Rivers to the list.
But again, he's playing more that linebacker defensive line hybrid, so I don't have them on the defensive line depth, but it's gonna be really interesting moving forward, especially for Weiss.
Um, you know he's gonna have to have good practices.
When he does get into preseason games, he's gonna have to have good games.
Um, you know, somebody commented on my YouTube channel last week, and he was calling Weiss a surprise cut.
Now I believe that he's got way too much trade value to be cut.
And if you were gonna leave the team, it wouldn't be because he was being released or being caught.
He would leave the team via trade the other day.
There's just so many story lines in this camp this year, and there's a lot of good, talented players on the New England Patriots who aren't gonna have jobs with the Patriots in, like, three weeks just because the Ross or dictates that they can't do it.
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