If his first conversation with reporters offers any indication, Chase Winovich will fit in just fine with the New England Patriots. The Patriots want their players to master the art of saying nothing, and Winovich did just that after being taken in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday.
Whether he can keep it up will be a situation worth monitoring, however.
Winovich, described by one evaluator as a tenacious, pass-rushing defensive end who has “zombie blood” running through his veins, is hard to miss. He has a colorful personality, an Energizer Bunny-like motor and a seriously impressive head of hair. He also isn’t afraid to talk some trash, when the situation calls for it.
Check out this clip of Winovich after his Michigan Wolverines beat in-state rival Michigan State this past October:
Entertaining? Yes. Representative of a guy who probably loves football (an unwavering demand of Bill Belichick)? Also yes.
But will this kind of thing fly at the notoriously tight-lipped Gillette Stadium? Hell no.
And that’s too bad, as the Patriots could use some more colorful personalities now that Rob Gronkowski is out of the picture.