Bill Belichick pushed for more snaps to be given to the prolific Pass Rusher.
Who dares to question Bill Belichick’s decisions?
Well a lot of people these days. This is what a 9-12 record since Tom Brady left town is going to do to a coach – even one as legendary as Belichick. Recently, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine pointed out three players Belichick desperately needs to play more, and one of them is sophomore pass rusher Josh Uche.
The New England Patriots selected Josh Uche in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent much of his rookie season with gnawing injuries. Uche only played 9 games last year. The injury virus has bitten him a few times this year as well, resulting in him missing a game. However, when he was on the field, Uche was effective.
He’s had what appears to be an stellar training camp, but his current role is so specialized that some wonder if he’s being held back too much.
According to Ballentine, Uche must be allowed to “take his lumps against the barrel” while inciting the patriots’ pass frenzy.
Uche could be such a dynamic playmaker with his quickness in defense, he could be the kind of presence that helps create scoring opportunities for a team struggling to get points on the board. New England currently ranks 26th in the NFL on the score.
Uche isn’t the only young Patriots player who may need more playing time. Rhamondre Stevenson sightings were rare after a stellar preseason leading the NFL during shows at Rushing Yards.
The rookie was demoted and was inactive for a few games after a tough debut in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. Stevenson fumbled and looked overwhelmed in pass blocking situations. Stevenson got back on the field in week 5 against the Houston Texans. He’s had 11 rushs for just 23 yards, but Stevenson has some undeniable skills.
He’s a tall, physical runner with great feet and soft hands. With Damien Harris’ status unclear for Week 6, it’s time for Belichick to sit back and sit down against Stevenson against the Dallas Cowboys.