New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 18: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Chase Winovich played a season-low five snaps on Wednesday, the fourth week in a row his usage has decreased. Asked directly about Winovich’s status on Monday, Belichick indirectly claimed that diminished role will change.

“It’s been situational. He’ll play,” the Patriots’ head coach told reporters. “He’s a good player, he’ll play.”

Winovich is indeed a ‘good player.’ Despite taking a back seat for the past four games, the 2019 third-round pick still leads the Patriots with 2.5 sacks. The rest of the team has just four sacks since his playing time started to dip in Week 6.

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Asked if something changed since the start of the season in regards to Winovich’s standing, Belichick said his usage has “been a week-by-week” thing.

Does that mean the potent pass rusher will see an uptick in field time next week against a Jets team that has allowed the fourth most sacks (25) in the NFL this season? In a game that the Patriots should be ahead in, it would be a logical choice. If he’s not, it’s a major red flag.

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