4 potential defensive team MVPs for the New England Patriots in 2023

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Matthew Judon

Is this really a shock to anyone?

As the most dominating force on the Patriots' defense since signing with the team in 2021, Matthew Judon is expected to continue his record-breaking production this upcoming season.

In just two years in New England, the linebacker has totaled 28 sacks, 53 quarterback hits, 120 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. His performance in both seasons earned him selections to the Pro Bowl, and he even received two votes for Defensive Player of the Year for the 2022 season.

His influence on and off the field has had a lasting impact on his teammates, including Josh Uche, to who Judon has become a mentor to. Their work together in practice and Judon's decisions on the field ultimately helped Uche accomplish the best season of his career, totaling 11.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits, elevating him as another threat on the edge for opposing offenses.

Now that he has solidified his role as the go-to pass rusher on the team, it's almost unfathomable to believe Judon could be any better next season than he already has.

But with some new teammates expected to influence the defense's success, Judon's job may become a bit easier, allowing him to accomplish even more in 2023.