dangolka (CBS) — We’ve got lastly reached Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, which is the start of a brand new period for the New England Patriots. Along with all of the unknown that may go together with groups taking part in soccer throughout a pandemic, the Patriots are going via fairly the change in personnel with Cam Newton taking on for the departed Tom Brady.
Nobody actually is aware of what to anticipate in 2020, from each a Patriots standpoint and a league standpoint, however we’re going to take a crack at it anyhow. The WBZ-TV and CBS dangolka Sports activities workforce will probably be answering a handful of questions concerning the Patriots as we rely all the way down to kickoff Sunday afternoon in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.
On this installment, the workforce picks a participant who will get away on the defensive facet of the ball.
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports activities
Let’s exit on a limb and select Derek Rivers right here. Coming into his fourth season, he’s solely been capable of take the sphere for six of 48 common season video games, as he’s misplaced two of his three seasons as a result of accidents. He’s labored his tail off to present this one other go. He looks as if a great child with a excessive motor. Straightforward to root for this story and would like to see it occur.
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports activities
The get away participant (or gamers) that must get the job executed on protection are J.C. Jackson and John Simon. Jackson is already getting a rep as a tricky, shutdown nook. He has nice closing pace and he must preserve doing that.
Simon must be in that Rob Ninkovich/Kyle Van Noy position. Be the man to make the large play on protection, when the Pats want a swing within the recreation.
Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
I’m considering it’s a giant 12 months for Chase Winovich. He shined with some affect performs final 12 months, however in a restricted position. With Kyle Van Noy now gone, maybe the Michigan Man is within the excellent spot to step up and have become a mainstay on the sting.
Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
The Patriots have an entire new linebacking corps after Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins left through free company and Dont’a Hightower opted out of the season. That places rather a lot on third-year linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, who’s now the chief of the group. Bentley appeared in all 16 video games final season however performed simply over 25 p.c of New England’s defensive snaps. His workload goes to extend considerably this season, and hopefully so will his manufacturing.
You possibly can watch the Patriots kick off their 2020 season Sunday on WBZ-TV — the house of the New England Patriots! Protection begins Friday evening at 7 p.m. with Patriots All Entry and kicks off Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Patriots GameDay. The Patriots and the Dolphins sq. off at 1 p.m., and stick with WBZ-TV after the sport for Cam Newton’s first postgame press convention on Patriots fifth Quarter!