Chase Winovich had the best game of his young NFL career on Sunday afternoon.
The New England Patriots' third-round draft pick out of Michigan was a force to be reckoned with against the Miami Dolphins. He was one of the team's most productive pass rushers and finished the day with 1.5 sacks and 2 QB hits in limited action.
Winovich's sack was the first of his career and it was a special moment for him, especially because of something that he saw on the field just before the sack as he explained to reporters after the game.
— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) September 15, 2019
That certainly is a touching story. And perhaps seeing the butterfly on the field did give Winovich the extra motivation that he needed to break into the backfield and put a hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick.
This also wasn't the first time that Winovich has presented an anecdote about his grandmother during his time with the Patriots. During the preseason, he spoke of how his grandmother used to offer him $5 and a chocolate bar if he played hard and didn't get hurt during his high school game. He joked that was part of what drives his relentless motor.
It is unclear if the grandmother from that story is the same one from the butterfly story.
The Patriots will be happy with Winovich's performance no matter what. He certainly has looked good as a part of the Patriots' suffocating defense and should only continue to improve as he gets further into his first season.
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