Chase Winovich

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  1. Don Wassall

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    Chase is going to be an NFL star.

    How is Patriots rookie Chase Winovich dominating the preseason? New England’s offensive tackles explain

    by Andrew Callahan

    It all comes back to the motor.

    Chase Winovich can’t turn it off. Preseason opponents can’t slow it. Winovich’s teammates, who were first exposed to the rookie’s relentlessness in June and July practices, have been pushed to the point they’ve pushed back well after the whistle.

    Offensive tackle Dan Skipper’s did so twice in training camp. But since then, Skipper’s wisened up to how to combat the indefatigable rookie, who owns a team-high 2.5 sacks halfway through the preseason.

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    “Stuff breaks down as time goes on. Having the ability to be slippery late, that’s what a motor does for you," Skipper said. "The play’s never over (with him), which makes it tougher. It’s harder to be clean. You see a lot more fight reps and things like that.”

    Opposing tackles might be better off simply squaring up from the start.

    One week after Winovich chased down 1.5 sacks and four tackles in Detroit, he totaled five stops, a sack, two quarterback hits, two tackles for loss and several pressures at Tennessee. Not to mention the pair of drawn holds. He effectively turned the right side of the Titans’ offensive line into a turnstile.

    After the 22-17 win — during which New England posted a second-half shutout — Winovich was asked why his maximum effort seems to differ from other players'.

    “It’s weird. I really don’t know why I’m built like that," he said. "It might be a gift and a curse sometimes when it’s extremely hot and they’re just trying to run the ball away and I see the guy. In my head there’s a little part of me that’s like, ‘You’re probably not going to make this play, maybe this one you should stay for the next one when it comes to you.’

    "But then you’ll see me just sprinting and trying to hit somebody.”

    Relentlessness is one thing. When paired with raw power, quickness and speed, it becomes another entirely. And in those areas, Winovich also registers as elite.

    At the NFL Combine last February, Winovich clocked a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, a time that bested several attending wide receivers and running backs. Even better was his 6.94 in the three-cone drill, a New England favorite, which also registered among the best of the 337 players. Winvoich also cranked out 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, showcasing an upper-body strength he’s since used to bench press opposing blockers into backfields.


    Said Bill Belichick midway through training camp. “Chase is tough. He runs well. He’s got good size, good power.”

    Patriots offensive tackle Cole Croston re-signed with the team barely a week ago after starting the summer on PUP and has already seen enough to recognize Winovich is on the path to regular-season impact. Perhaps even a long career. After mentioning his motor, Croston turned immediately to the rookie’s advanced technique in a post-game interview Saturday night.

    “He’s great with his hands. Strong kid who’s really coming into his own. He’s working hard out there," Croston said. “He’s becoming a good player.”

    Off the field, Winovich carries his unyielding approach into the film room. Skipper says he knows the Michigan product logs long hours studying tape. In there, Winovich is following a game plan laid out for him by former Patriots and longtime mentor Willie McGinest: rush with a plan and know your opponents.

    Soon enough, they will know him. They will feel him.

    The man with the motor that just won’t die.

    https://www.masslive.com/patriots/2...n-new-englands-offensive-tackles-explain.html
     
  2. Thrashen

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    Aside from his skills as a pass-rusher, Winovich is an interesting white athlete in that he appears to have a very flamboyant and outgoing personality...yet as I watched him at Michigan and over the past few pre-season games with NE, his smile fades and he seems to play very angry. In a few years, I could see him taking over for Gronk as the team's most popular and well know player after Brady.

    Winovich also seems to be mildly racially aware. Below is something the posted on his Instagram account in which there is a video of him leveling a black RB, talking about his European "ancestors," and what his last name means in Serbrian/Croation...

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BwhMcGXha7O/?hl=en
    "A quick history lesson of my last name: Serbian/Croatian in its origin, Winovich is derived from “Vucji” which quite literally means Wolflike. Together with the Yugoslavian suffix “..ic”, it refers to the “son or descendant of the wolflike one.” Just as my wolf ancestors hunted to survive, I too must eat. Hungry like the wolf."
     
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    Patriots Mailbag: Why Chase Winovich Should Generate Excitement In Year 2

    Let’s get into this week’s mailbag: @MKcCooper which rookie should we be most excited about heading into year 2?

    Chase Winovich. He was good as a rookie, and he should be even better in his second year with a bigger role. Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins are free agents this offseason, and it seems unlikely both will be back. So, it would be unsurprising if Winovich has a starting role as an edge defender next season.

    Winovich mostly was used as a pass rusher in 2019 with 81.8 percent of his snaps coming on passing downs. He was equally effective as a run defender during his time at Michigan, so he should be able to play on early downs in the NFL, as well. WInovich finished fourth among qualified Patriots defenders in Pro Football Focus’ pass-rush productivity metric with 23 total pressures. He only finished behind Collins, Van Noy and Dont’a Hightower.

    Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/01/patriots-mailbag-why-chase-winovich-could-have-big-second-year-leap/
     
  4. Bucky

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    Great to see Winovich end up as a Patriot and even better to see he has pride in his heritage. He really plays like a Son of a Wolf out there!
     
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    Chase Winovich Is in Elite Company Through Three Weeks of Regular Season

    One of the highlights of the New England Patriots' defense in 2020 has been second-year pass rusher Chase Winovich.

    After a strong rookie season in which he recorded 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits in a limited role, the former Michigan product has taken a big step forward in his second season already.

    This is most evident in PFF's pass-rush win rate statistic, which is essentially the percentage in which a pass rusher beats a blocker.

    Here are the top four players that are leading the league in pass-rush win rate through three games:

    1. T.J. Watt (PIT): 29.3%

    2. Chase Winovich (NE): 27.5%

    3. Myles Garrett (CLE): 26.5%

    4. Aaron Donald (LAR): 25.5%

    That's elite company to be in for Winovich. Watt, Garrett and Donald are three of the top pass rushers in the NFL, which is why it's also impressive to see Winovich in the ranks with them in that category.

    Through three games, Winovich has 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, 10 total tackles and five quarterback hits, doing so while playing 66 percent of the team's total defensive snaps. His impact is evident through the eye test on Sundays, with his speed off the line of scrimmage helping him beat offensive tackles consistently, allowing him to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks at will.

    Winovich's play is great value considering he is on his four-year, $3.83 million rookie contract.

    Although Winovich is a couple years away from a payday, if he keeps up his production he will absolutely be in line to earn some serious cash from a team in 2022. Unfortunately, that team will probably not be the Patriots given their history of not paying out for pass rushers. So let's enjoy and appreciate the play of Winovich in a Patriots uniform while we can.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/patriots/news/chase-winovich-elite-company-pass-rush-win-rate
     

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