1. Chase Winovich
Chase Winovich is now a Patriots starter. No better time to prove his worth than against Seattle.
Wilson is perhaps at his most dangerous when he eludes a pass rush and asks his receivers to improvise following their designed routes. This makes the Patriots linebacking corps incredibly important in Week 2.
Let’s assume that Belichick will deploy a spy in the middle of the defense to focus all of his attention on Wilson’s intentions. To be clear, that has everything to do with him taking off with his legs, because he’s too good to be hampered by a passing spy who isn’t exactly hidden.
Chase Winovich should be tasked with containing Wilson when he breaks out of the pocket and looks to make a play. The 2019 third-round pick has the athleticism to prevent him from picking up chunks of yards on the ground and his 6-foot-3 frame could also disrupt the QB’s downfield vision.
Again, it’s not as simple as it sounds because Wilson is so damn smart, but so long as Winovich avoids the bait and doesn’t jump into would-be tackles, he will be key in the Patriots’ efforts to stop the soaring Seahawks.