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Does Kyle Van Noy REALLY think the Patriots are underappreciated?

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Does Kyle Van Noy REALLY think the Patriots are underappreciated?

Kyle Van Noy has a bone to pick with, well, everyone. Our weekly Quick Slants guest said after Sunday’s game that he’s tired of the Patriots being underappreciated.

“I just want respect. I feel underrated and just want some respect,” he said. “We just got really good football players. Maybe people will start noticing that.”

Monday, Van Noy and I sat down at the Patriots Hall of Fame and we tried to hash it out. Because, where I’m sitting, I’m not hearing a lot of people underselling the Patriots defense in 2019.

“I feel like we have some really, really good players,” Van Noy points out on the Quick Slants episode which airs tonight at 6 p.m. “Elite players on this defense. That’s all. It’s September still we’ll talk about that as the season goes on.”

I asked if maybe the fact the Patriots won the Super Bowl last year but had just two Pro Bowl players (Tom Brady and Stephon Gilmore) was a contributing factor to his perception. “Good question,” Van Noy replied. “Isn’t that crazy?”

See the whole interview tonight on Slants.

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Why did Patriots run up score on Dolphins? Kyle Van Noy sets the record straight

Why did Patriots run up score on Dolphins? Kyle Van Noy sets the record straight

The Miami Dolphins didn't stand a chance Sunday against the New England Patriots.

So, why was Tom Brady -- and both starting units, as a matter of fact -- still on the field late in the fourth quarter with New England up by 30-plus points? Was Bill Belichick unnecessarily running up the score on former assistant Brian Flores?

Our own Tom E. Curran posed this question to Kyle Van Noy on Tuesday's upcoming episode of "Quick Slants," and the Patriots linebacker gave a pretty insightful answer.

“It’s football," Van Noy told Curran. "We’re trying to dominate the opponent. We only get 16 chances.

"People think that’s a lot, but it’s really not. You get to showcase your talents and all the hard work you put in in the offseason, so you want to be able to play as many snaps as you can, because you never know when your last is.

"And with the mindset that we have here, we’re trying to dominate."

Van Noy offers good perspective here. Fans would prefer Brady and New England's other stars sit late in blowouts to avoid injury, but if you're a Patriots player, you want to play every snap possible, because any NFL career can be taken away on one play.

Oh, and because the Patriots want to win by as much as possible.

Van Noy dropped plenty more wisdom in his "Quick Slants" debut, which you can watch on NBC Sports Boston at 6 p.m. ET.

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Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Is there a second-round problem when it comes to Bill Belichick's picks? Plus, more on the roster as the cuts come down and a look ahead to the opener vs. the Steelers.

3:42 - FIRST QUARTER - With roster cuts coming on Saturday, Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss the moves made so far by the Patriots, including the trade of Duke Dawson to the Broncos. Do the Pats have an issue evaluating talent in the second round?

17:35 - SECOND QUARTER - Phil and Tom review who popped and who dropped in the Patriots' preseason finale vs. the Giants. With Demaryius Thomas having a huge night, what can we expect out of the receiving corps in New England?

26:07 - THIRD QUARTER - It appears that the backup quarterback job is safely in the hands of Jarrett Stidham. What does this mean for Tom Brady's future with the team?

30:24 - FOURTH QUARTER - Week 1 is quickly approaching and the Steelers will be visiting Foxboro on banner night at Gillette Stadium. Tom and Phil take a very brief look at what to expect from Ben Roethlisberger and the depleted Pittsburgh offense.

You can leave a question or comment for Tom or Phil on Twitter (@tomecurran - @PhilAPerry), by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts, or by leaving us a voice mail to use in the show by calling 781-214-0753.

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