Patriots Ball Hawking Safeties Will Dominate in 2022

June 28, 2022

The Patriots enter the 2022 Season with many questions lingering on the defensive side of the ball, mainly at the backend. With JC Jackson’s departure and an aging Devin McCourty, who will step up and help the team get to the next level?

Will Adrian Phillips continue to shine and excel on this team? Could Jalen Mills step up and succeed in this defense after last season. Finally, will Coach Belichick take charge of the secondary to stop the AFC East wide receivers in 2022?

Who Will Shut Down The Stars Of The AFC East In 2022?

Veteran Devin McCourty is entering his 13th season and is a team leader on the team. He has always been reliable and has made great plays for the team, but his best role this year could be a teacher. Last season Devin had 40 tackles and three interceptions, proving he can still be effective.

After spending his first five seasons with the Chargers, Adrian Phillips is entering his third with the Patriots. Last season he had 41 solo tackles and four interceptions with a high level of play. Going into the 2022 season, the Patriots will count on him to continue to shine and dominate at his position.

Kyle Dugger Takes A Year Three Leap?

Coming out of college, he wasn’t a known name. However, he was a very effective hard hitting and exciting player in the return game for Lenoir-Rhyne. After redshirting as a cornerback in college, he switched his position to safety his sophomore season. In his junior year, his new position would start to click for him, netting three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Kyle exploded his Senior season with his secondary play and also returning punts. In one game, he returned two punts for touchdowns in a short span and finished his college career by playing in the senior bowl game. After being drafted by the Patriots in 2020, he played in 14 games with 40 solo tackles. Last year with the Patriots, showing he can compete in the league. Kyle had 56 tackles and assisted on another 21 tackles with the team. He also accounted for four interceptions. Finally, for the Patriots to have success in the secondary this year Kyle will have to build on his sophomore year with the team.

Adding A Vested Veteran Will Spark A Grueling Battle.

Coming out of college Jabrill Peppers was a superstar at Michigan. He was drafted by the Browns and then was part of the OBJ trade to the Giants. Averaging over 41 tackles over five seasons with the Browns and Giants, the Patriots hope he can improve on that in his first season with the team. He is entering his sixth season in the league and brings experience and a hard-hitting level of play to the team.

Rounding out the secondary depth chart will be the sixth-round pick in 2021, Joshuah Bledsoe, who was injured last year playing in just two games, and veteran Cody Davis who will provide solid competition. Finally, a surprise is a UDFA Brenden Schooler, who could make the team on special teams.

In Conclusion

Finally, for the Patriots to be successful in 2022, Coach Belichick needs to mold a solid group of veterans with youngsters on the team. Veteran Devin McCourty needs to step up and be a team leader who shows the group the Patriot Way at the Safety position. Newcomer Jabrill Peppers needs to come in and be a wrecking machine and a ball hawk. The youngsters need to roll out the depth chart and add solid depth.

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