Peter King Predicts Patriots Rookie Will Win Major Award in 2020

Patriots rookies may get bigger roles in the upcoming season. These players are expected to make a big change in the team. Head coach Bill Belichick wants them to make a real impact in Year 1. Josh Uche is one of these players. The Patriots traded up to get him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Peter King made a prediction regarding the Patriots rookie and many would agree.

Uche joined the team a few weeks after the departure of Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts. The trio of linebackers left the Patriots in free agency. This wasn’t the only change New England saw this summer. Dont’a Hightower decided to opt out of the regular season over COVID-19 concerns.

This gives Uche enough room to play his best football. The Patriots will give him more time on the field. Even if Uche’s snap count is limited, he will probably make the most of his time on the field.

Peter King has great news about the Patriots

NBC Sports suggests that the Michigan product will win the Defensive Player of the Year award this season.

“The 60th pick in the draft is intriguing because he’s a little undersized (6-3, 230) and he played only 53 percent of the defensive snaps at Michigan last year,” King wrote in his most recent Football Morning in America column. “He may not play more than that in Foxboro, but his production around the edge could mimic Kyle Van Noy’s last year in the best season of Van Noy’s life. The Michigan tape of Uche (pronounced “OO-chay”) suggests the versatility and production Bill Belichick demands from his linebackers.”

Uche will make his NFL debut in the game against the Patriots’ AFC East rival. Miami is not a tough opponent, but the Patriots better watch out for any hidden obstacles.

2020 is a season full of excitement and challenges. Players on every NFL team have to be prepared for the upcoming battle. We saw so many changes and it looks like the best is yet to come. New England lost a lot of valuable players. But they also received a group of talented names.