Bills veteran spotted complimenting a lingering Christian Barmore after Patriots’ loss

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: Christian Barmore #90 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: Christian Barmore #90 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots were emphatically stomped out of the postseason thanks to a dominant performance from the Buffalo Bills, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of fans who sat through such an enjoyable season. A standout rookie class led by Mac Jones and Christian Barmore deserved better than this.

Speaking of which, Barmore is quickly proving to be one of the steals of the 2021 NFL Draft. After somehow slipping to the second round when he seemed like a lock for Day 1, Barmore looks like the best interior defensive lineman from this class given how he’s made an impact as a pass-rusher and run-stuffer.

Barmore was in utter disbelief that his season came to an end at the hands of a Buffalo team that absolutely massacred New England’s defense. In a surprising turn of events, a veteran member of the victors came over to console Barmore and provide some support.

Bills center Mitch Morse told Barmore what a great player he was after the rookie remained out on the field watching the Bills celebrate their victory.

New England Patriots DT Christian Barmore was a standout rookie in 2021.

Barmore recorded 46 tackles and 1.5 sacks during his rookie year, though he constantly impacted opposing quarterbacks with pressures that forced errant throws. It’s not too often that a defensive rookie earns glowing praise from someone such as Bill Belichick, who’s famously stingy about dishing out compliments.

The former Alabama star will need to become more consistent in disengaging from blocks in order to be a dominant run-game force, but … that’s about his only criticism for 2021. Barmore already went to Twitter to tell fans that he’s going to get better and attempt to turn that Patriots defense from a good one to a great one in 2022.

Barmore might not be the second coming of Richard Seymour just yet, but New England is building a solid foundation on defense thanks to him. Even with big names expected to hit free agency, the defensive line shouldn’t miss a beat.

Drafting Jones in the first round, Barmore in the second, and Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth have helped the Patriots nail the 2021 draft after years of failures. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Barmore, who is on the verge of being a high-level starter in this league. Just ask Mitch Morse.