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Pats came out of nowhere, and made a couple of odd trades yesterday.
"He was on-the-line SAM in their 4-3 package," BB said. "He
was off the line ILB in their nickel package. He didn't really play a lot
his first two years. This year was when he had his most playing time. [He
also] played in the kicking game." Both are shaping up as steals, if
you can call getting Day Three picks steals.
am a big Van Noy guy. "As always, [we're] trying to do what we think
is best for the football team," BB said "[We'll] see how it goes
with the new people that we have." He was a great player at BYU.
is a freak athlete, who has not learned to play in the NFL yet. The Pats
switched their 6th Round pick, which is going to be very late in the
sixth, for Detroit's 7th which is going to be very early. The Picks should
lose less than 16 slots moving down, depending on how many Compensatory
picks Garth Goodell can stuff into the end of the 6th Round (to try and
screw the Pats again).
garnered 26 Sacks, 7 INTs, and 62 TFLs at BYU. He was their top rushing
linebacker, and their top coverage linebacker the last couple years there.
He had 13 Sacks, 22 TFL, and 6 FF in 2012, when he was playing at
225-pounds. He was supposed to be a slighter and lighter Jamie Collins
type LB. He has bulked up to over 250-pounds. He has not played well at
that weight. The weight has hurt his elite change of direction explosion.
must remember that Collins and Hightower are both battling injuries, and
their primary young backups McClellin and Roberts look like they could be
in and out of the line up for a while with injuries. So Van Noy will be
playing for the Pats this season. "I don’t know anything about [SuperVan
Noy]," McCourty said. "But you know Bill and Nick, and all the
front-office people, always do a good job getting guys that will come in
and help. I'm sure [Kyle] looks forward to coming here, fitting in, and
seeing what he needs to do." He will be forced onto the field,
because of their four banged up linebackers.
will be playing him in more of the Shea McClellin role as an OLB/DE who
will rush from the edge. Last week in Pitt, they had to play Collins
outside on the edge, which they normally don't do. "Van Noy has to
play in the LB/DE role," Michael Lombardi tweeted. "Lions used
him to cover in their nickel, but Pats will use him to do both. Good
opportunity for him." He was a fierce rusher from the edge at BYU.
McClellin has a concussion, so you just don't know when he will be back
Van Noy started all seven games for Detroit this season. "I'm still
growing," Van Noy said. "I'm still improving. It means a lot to
me, improving each week. But I have such a high expectation for myself to
always make a difference." However, it was reported that he played
less snaps against Washington than in the previous six games.
seems his added weight has been his kryptonite in the NFL. He seemed to
lose his elite explosion. He might be better off sliming down a little to
get some of his explosion back. He was an elite edgerusher in 2012, and an
elite ILB covering tight ends in 2013. But he wasn't as good in 2013 as he
was in 2012. And it seemed the more weight he added the worse he got. His
game in 2012 was all quickness, burst, explosion, and aggressiveness.
he got stronger, he lost that quickness edge that made him elite in 2012.
"We keep saying the same thing about Kyle, and it all started last
year in the offseason when he came back he was in the best shape that
he’s been in, which allowed him to practice and learn the position
better than he’s ever been able to," Detroit
DC Terry Austin said about Van Noy in September. "I think
that’s why he’s continued to play and when he had an opportunity to
play he’s taken advantage of it and I think he’s done a good job for
us so far." He also played special teams at BYU and blocked a punt.
had the best game I ever saw a defender have in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.
"I hate losing," SuperVan Noy said after that game. "I hate
losing more than anything. I hate losing at tic-tac-toe. So words can’t
describe how I feel right now. But win or lose, I’m grateful to be part
of this university. I’m grateful to be alive. That’s all that matters.
Not many people in the world get to know what it’s like playing the game
of football." This trade could be a steal if SuperVan Noy can get his
mojo back. My Van Noy Draft
the Pats lost a 6th round pick, and decided they had to make up for it.
"Broncos have been interested in Pats AJ Derby since the
summer," Mike Lombardi tweeted. "[They] tried to trade for him
during the pre-season and final cuts." They picked up a 5th for AJ
Derby, who couldn't even get on the field so far this season.
was a preseason hero who couldn't get into regular season games.
"It's one of those things that came up fairly quickly," BB said
about Van Noy. "It just worked out. It wasn't somebody we talked
about or anything like that previously. It kind of came up, so we were
able to work it out. Bob's great to work with. We made another trade [for
A.J. Derby] with another team in our conference. So if it's there to be
made, it's there to be made. If it's not, it's not." Both trades came
the emergence of Develin as the third tight end in the Steelers game,
their really wasn't a role for Derby in the offense this season. Whenever
you trade a guy who was drafted in the 6th, who never really saw the field
for two seasons, for a 5th round pick, it is hard not to call that a
steal. "It’s tough," McCourty said. "You just hope it
works out for [him]. He’s a great guy. It’s just the nature of the
business. You just wish him the best." If getting a 5th Round pick
can ever really be called a steal.
Broncos have been trying to pry him from the Pats for months "A.J. is
a young tight end who can help us immediately," John Elway put up on
Broncos website. "He has tremendous upside and will fit in well on
our team." He can certainly catch the ball down the seam.
made a big impact on the Pats in the Preseason. "He’s a young
player that only played the position for a short amount of time," BB
said this Preseason. "[He played] basically a year down in Arkansas:
has a lot to learn, has a ways to go, but has some skills to work with.
He’s a smart kid. He works hard, and he’s gotten better. He’s making
some plays for us in the kicking game, some tackles in coverage. He has
caught the ball, and blocked competitively. He’s done some good
things." He looked like he would be a rising young player for the
he just couldn’t get on the field with three veterans ahead of him.
"It is what it is for today. We’ll see," BB said. "Try to
make our team better. That's what we’re trying to do. I can’t worry
about what everyone else is doing or not doing. Trying to make our team
better." So gaining a 5th, and a roster spot for Van Noy, might just
help them this season and in next year's Draft as well.
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