Why does newly drafted LB Josh Uche fit with the Patriots? 'Because I'm a hard-ass worker'

Patrick Dunne
·2 min read

The Patriots "Do Your Job" philosophy?

Bring it on, says second-round draft pick Josh Uche of Michigan. 

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"I would say it's a good fit for me because I'm a hard-ass worker and the Patriots work their asses off," Uche told reporters on a conference call Friday night.  "That's first and foremost and just the Patriots themselves are very unique, very diverse, very dynamic and they do a bunch of different things. I feel like that's who I am as a football player. I just feel like it's definitely a perfect fit."

Being reunited with his old Michigan teammate has Patriots second-year linebacker Chase Winovich excited. He posted an Instagram video of the two combining for a sack against Penn State as Wolverines:

Uche said of joining a defense led by veteran linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Devin McCourty: "It inspires greatness. Those names right there just ooze greatness right there."

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The 60th overall pick is 6-foot-1, 245-pound edge defender who will be counted on to fill holes vacated by the free agent departures of Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. He said he's gotten to know a little about the Patriots defense by playing the Madden video game. 

"I was playing with the Patriots on Madden for the last couple weeks and just seeing how efficiently things run…everyone does their job, everyone is very locked in, very disciplined. Just when you say those two names, it inspires me to be great."

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