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Deatrich Wise models his game after Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers

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Deatrich Wise models his game after Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers

Just a few hours after Bill Belichick had gushed about NFL Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. said Taylor is one of a handful of players he’s long admired and - in part - modeled his game after.

“Watching Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers and Jason Pierre Paul, and then I started watching a little bit of Calais {Campell},” Wise said, then referencing the field behind him. “It’s kind of cool to see him out there now (Campbell is now with Jacksonville). I emulate my game mostly on Julius Peppers, in the sense of how long he is, the moves he uses and stuff like that.”

Asked if he knew his new Head Coach had long been a fan of Taylor in particular, Wise said no but “that’s awesome.” The defensive lineman, who seems to be all arms and legs but has shown an ability to hold his ground and get after the passer here during the first couple weeks of training camp, remains a student of his favorite players.

“Go on YouTube and type in their name and watch their highlights of things they do,” said Wise. “When they were playing when I was young, I’d watch all their games.”

Reminded that he had better access to clips of said players thanks to the Patriots video system, Wise nodded but added, I still go to YouTube and watch them.”

That passion has caught on in Foxboro, as has the length of Wise, both in height and wingspan. It’s allowed him to line up at a variety of spots on the defensive line and get results, even when rushing from the interior. 

“It’s a big advantage for him, if he can play with good pad level and use his length, not have it used against him, which I’d say he’s been able to do as a football player through his career in college and so forth,” said Bill Belichick this weekend. “Even in a few days here, we’ve seen examples of that, but we’ll see more of that going forward. But those long guys that we’ve worked with in there – [Richard] Seymour, [Tommy] Kelly, guys like that – the 6’6” type of player that plays inside, there’s not very many of them. We haven’t had a lot of them. I mean, [Ted] Washington was 6’5’’ but that wasn’t really – that was a different kind of 6’5”. So, we’ll see how it goes. You know, we have more background with those players playing outside, like Chandler [Jones] and players like that.”

Maybe Wise should expand his YouTube searches for those players as well and continue to put himself in Belichick’s good graces.

BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

0:41 - Tom Curran and Albert Breer discuss some of the big takeaways from the Patriots win over the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

4:49 - Jalen Ramsey told the fans in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be going to the Super Bowl. Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith talk about if they have a problem with what Ramsey said and if the Patriots would be using his quote as bulletin board material.

9:25 - Curran, Breer, and Giles discuss Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels likely not returning with the Patriots as Patricia seems to be headed towards the Lions while McDaniels goes to the Colts.

14:06 - Michael Hurley joins BST to preview the Jaguars/Patriots matchup and discuss the Patriots schedule and road to the Super Bowl. 

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

FOXBORO -- Patriots players didn't seem all that bothered by Jalen Ramsey's proclamation that the Jaguars would win the AFC title game and head to Minnesota for the Super Bowl. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's win in Pittsburgh. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that (expletive). We're going to win that (expletive)."

Asked about those comments on Monday, Patriots captain Matthew Slater showed no hint of disapproval. 

"Man, that guy’s really good," Slater said. "And he should be confident, because he’s very, very good. The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is. I’d be confident if I were him, as well."

Ramsey was named a First-Team All-Pro for his work on the outside opposite Second-Team All-Pro corner AJ Bouye. They make up arguably the best cornerback duo in football, and Ramsey has already established himself as one of the best at his position despite being just 23 years old and in his second pro season.

"Hey, man, Jalen Ramsey’s a good player," Patriots captain Duron Harmon said. "He talks a lot of trash. That’s part of his game, and you can’t take that away from him. He’s confident. He should be confident in his team. He has a really good football team. The top two AFC teams are left, and he’s a part of one of them.

"His approach to the game is different than ours, but we can’t knock him for it. We know they’re going to come ready to play, and we’ve just got to match their type of physicality and also just their emotion and their readiness to get ready to play."

Ramsey's best work as a trash-talker came eariler this season after he shut down Bengals wideout AJ Green. What he said about the AFC Championship was certainly a step (or several) below that in terms of its intensity, and judging by their reaction Monday, it seems to be a mere blip on the Patriots' radar.

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