Quick-hit thoughts on the Patriots trading Chase Winovich for Mack Wilson

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The New England Patriots opened the second day of the NFL’s legal tampering period by making a change at the linebacker position. The team moved on from former third-round draft pick Chase Winovich via trade, 

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sending him to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Mack Wilson.

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What does the move mean from a New England perspective, though? Let’s find out.

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Wilson and Winovich do not play the same positions While both players are listed as linebackers, Mack Wilson and Chase Winovich are not the same type of player: whereas Wilson is more of an off-the-ball linebacker,

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Winovich has traditionally been playing on the edge for the Patriots. New England therefore essentially took from one position to bolster the other.

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Wilson also has a different skillset than Winovich. Listed at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds compared to Winovich’s 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, the former Alabama product offers more upside when dropping back into coverage and attacking downhill versus the run

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Winovich, on the other hand, was more of a traditional edge rusher who had some issues standing his ground in the running game.

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