3 ripple effects of Patriots acquiring Barkevious Mingo
3. The Pats get deeper on the edges.
Mingo joins a group that may be without Rob Ninkovich for the foreseeable future, but is nonetheless very strong. Chris Long, Jabaal Sheard, Shea McClellin, Trey Flowers and Geneo Grissom was a decent-enough depth chart at defensive end; the addition of Mingo deepens the threat of the unit. Now, I know what you’re saying, that Mingo was a big disappointment in Cleveland. But here’s the thing: a change of scenery, especially in a winning environment, can do wonders for a struggling young player.
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Furthermore, Mingo won’t be counted on to provide the bulk of the pass rush. That kind of responsibility will be pinned on his former teammate Sheard, as well as proven veteran Long and upcoming contributor Flowers. Rather, Mingo will be a depth fixture, someone who the Patriots will use sparingly at first until he shows well on a regular basis.
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