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Why LB Josh Uche may have been steal of the draft for Patriots

Why LB Josh Uche may have been steal of the draft for Patriots

The New England Patriots traded up in the second round to snag linebacker Josh Uche with pick No. 60, and that decision could be one Bill Belichick pats himself on the back for in the years to come.

Uche, who reunites with former Michigan teammate Chase Winovich, is a player some believe could have gone in the first round. In a recent episode of the Next Pats Podcast with Phil Perry, Senior Bowl director and former Patriots scout Jim Nagy raved about the newest addition to New England's defense.

"He had a great Senior Bowl week. I actually thought he was the best defensive player in our game outside of Javon Kinlaw," Nagy said. "Uche is like, the guy in this draft that I don't understand isn't being talked about more as even a mid-first-round pick. I think he's super talented.

"He's one of those guys that you can rush him all over. He can get through cracks. He showed down here in Mobile that he can really cover. He can play off the ball and cover people. His ability to track running backs and tight ends down here in Mobile was super impressive. So right now to me, he's really a guy that's under the radar."

You can listen to the segment below (Uche talk begins at 18:30)

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With Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, and Jamie Collins each leaving in free agency, linebacker was a glaring position of need for the Patriots heading into the draft. If Nagy's assessment of Uche is accurate, then it sure sounds like this pick was a slam-dunk by Belichick.

Uche tallied 33 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 12 games with Michigan in 2019.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.