Michigan fans are very familiar with the talent of Josh Uche, and the New England Patriots are getting some of the same experience at the next level. After a rookie season hampered by injuries, the edge defender is set to take a step forward this season. A recent article by The Athletic ($) lists Uche as the Patriot most likely to break out in 2021:
Although he was limited due to a couple of ankle injuries as a rookie, Uche was easily the Patriots’ most explosive pass rusher when he was able to take the field. Uche has awesome talent, gained muscle this offseason and looked really good at times during OTAs. Matt Judon and Kyle Van Noy probably will play the most snaps at the position, but Uche will make his presence known. The Patriots will find ways to get him on the field on passing downs.
Uche had plenty of big moments in Ann Arbor and was well deserving of his second-round selection in the 2020 draft. Jim Harbaugh and his staff have received tons of (often warranted) criticism regarding the inability to maximize the production from his recruits, but it is hard to call the transformation of Uche from the No. 707-overall recruit to budding NFL star anything less than a success.
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