Patriots

Kyle Van Noy gives hilarious take on 2016 trade from Lions to Patriots

usatsi_12104897_133468180_lowres.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Images

Kyle Van Noy gives hilarious take on 2016 trade from Lions to Patriots

Kyle Van Noy is an honest guy who's not afraid to say or tweet how he feels about a particular person or topic, and the 2016 trade that sent him from the Detroit Lions to the New England Patriots is no exception.

The Patriots linebacker recently appeared as a guest on the "Pardon My Take" podcast, and he had a funny description of the trade between the Patriots and Lions that changed his career forever.

“I’m going to repeat what my friend said so I don’t get in trouble,” Van Noy said. “He’s like, ‘You went from the toilet bowl to the Super Bowl.'”

Van Noy later added: “When I got there, it was like, they had a plan for me it seemed like. That plan got bigger with how I played. With that being said, I didn’t know that to begin with because I’d been in Detroit, where I was kind of told ‘We don’t know where to put you.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, why did you draft me?’ You know what I mean? I had my own coach telling me ‘I don’t know where to put you.' That's kinda crazy.”

Van Noy really did go from the outhouse to the penthouse by leaving Detroit for New England. 

The veteran linebacker made his pro debut for the Lions during the 2014 season. Detroit lost in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs that campaign, and it missed the postseason entirely in 2015. Van Noy was traded to the Patriots for a seventh-round draft pick in Oct. 2016, and later that season he played in and won his first Super Bowl when New England defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

Van Noy played an important role on the Patriots defense this past season and excelled in its Super Bowl LIII victory against the Los Angeles Rams with four tackles and a sack.

Overall, Van Noy has played with the Patriots for three seasons and has reached the Super Bowl each year. That's as good as it gets for an NFL player, and it's one of many reasons why many people love playing for Bill Belichick.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Training camp position battles to watch

Patriots Talk Podcast: Training camp position battles to watch

Finally, the New England Patriots are back on the field at Gillette Stadium.

The new-look Pats had their first practice of 2020 on Wednesday, which means training camp position battles are officially underway. The obvious position battle in camp will be at the quarterback position between Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham, but there are many more intriguing battles to keep an eye on.

In a brand new Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down the positions where these battles will take place.

Patriots Talk Podcast - Training Camp Preview: Burning Questions. Bold Predictions | Listen & subscribe | Watch on YouTube

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

Perry named the Patriots' three most notable position battles, starting with the QB position. While it's technically a battle between Newton and Stidham, some believe it's a foregone conclusion Newton will be the Week 1 starter.

"You have the quarterback spot with Cam vs. Stidham. Let's move past that, we've talked enough about that, we both think Cam is going to win the job. Not a real battle, per se," Perry said.

"Let's go back to the outside linebackers. This is a four-way cage match between Chase Winovich, Anfernee Jennings, Shilique Calhoun, and Brandon Copeland. My guy is going to be Anfernee Jennings, but I do think that's a battle. Whatever that opposite John Simon edge spot is called, somebody's got to fill it.

"Number three, let's talk special teams ... who is your returner? Is it Kyle Dugger, your first draft pick in this year's draft? Is it J.J. Taylor? Fun as hell to watch, would be fun as hell to watch in the kicking game. Or is it last year's guy, Gunner [Olszewski]? They don't want to give it to Julian Edelman, we know that, so one of those three guys I think will win it."

For Curran, it's a newly-added safety who will have his attention in camp.

"I'm going to head over to the secondary for the position battle that I'm interested to watch," Curran said. "I have a good feeling of who's going to shine there and it's my defensive dark horse for this camp and this season -- it's going to be Adrian Phillips at the safety spot holding off a young Kyle Dugger.

"I think Adrian Phillips is going to be an absolute eye-opener at the safety position ... Adrian Phillips is a talented player, he's closer to [Patrick] Chung than he is Devin McCourty. He's going to be a really good player for the Patriots this year. But I'm going to be real interested to see how Dugger competes ... he's an athletic unicorn."

Curran and Perry also discuss the burning questions surrounding the Patriots, why the Pats should explore using the triple option, bold predictions for the 2020 season, and much more.

Check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.

Patriots' 2020 draft pick Dustin Woodard retires before rookie season

Patriots' 2020 draft pick Dustin Woodard retires before rookie season

One of the New England Patriots' 2020 draft picks has decided to retire before his rookie season began.

The team announced Thursday it has placed offensive lineman Dustin Woodard on the reserve/retired list.

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

Woodard, who played college football at the University of Memphis, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round (230th overall) of April's draft. The 22-year-old center/guard was one of three offensive linemen taken by the Patriots in the 2020 draft, along with guard Michael Onwenu (sixth round) and tackle Justin Herron (sixth round).

Why is Woodard retiring? ESPN's Mike Reiss reported additional details:

The Patriots signed center Tyler Gauthier on Wednesday in a move that adds some depth to the position following Woodard's retirement. Woodard had a chance to make the roster as the backup center behind starter David Andrews.