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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots’ Chase Winovich has seen a sharp decline in playing time in recent weeks after a hot start. It sparked concerns that he’s in Bill Belichick’s doghouse, for whatever reason. But Winovich told 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand on Thursday that he’s trying to maintain a positive outlook.

Winovich admitted that the Patriots’ plans for him from week-to-week have confused him, but at the end of the day he knows he has a job to do. It’s not his job to question or fully understand what the coaches are doing, but to execute what’s assigned to him.

“Yeah, to be honest sometimes I don’t really quite understand the gameplan, in terms of what goes into it and the snap count and all that stuff,” Winovich said. “But that is what it is and the past three weeks have been a challenge, for sure. But it’s easy making plays for me, it’s tougher to kind of be idle while that goes on. But at the end of the day, this is a great opportunity, it’s a new week. Just to be able to go out and practice with my teammates and try to do what I can to help us win, I’m excited for it.”

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Chase Winovich spoke candidly about his recent lack of playing time with Zolak & Bertrand. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Winovich is taking a positive approach to his relative lack of playing time, which dropped to just five defensive snaps last Sunday at the Buffalo Bills. Winovich knows that, ultimately, the Patriots wouldn’t have drafted him in the first place if they weren’t confident in his ability to figure it out as a player.

“I guess it’s a game plan thing. Like I said, the last three weeks I was a little curious,” Winovich said. “I can’t talk about it publicly, I don’t think, but I just obviously got to be better and do what I can to help the team win. If they don’t feel like I’m that person, then that’s OK. Doesn’t really matter, doesn’t change my approach.

“I’ve been taking this whole thing as, if I was who they thought I was when they drafted me, since they believed in me more than anybody else, how would I respond? How would I work? I’ve shared this on social media. I’m just trying to lean in. Whatever I have to do, whatever I have to bring to the table to try to help and get back out on the field and help the boys win, that’s what I signed up for, that’s what I get paid to do, and that’s what I’m gonna try.”

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Winovich also offered his theory on what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, and gave the guys a new conspiracy theory from Russia to look into. Listen above for the full interview.

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