One of the New England Patriots’ pass rushers is tied for the league lead in sacks, yet it was a different player who got three sacks in their 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
Josh Uche had three sacks and a couple pressures in New England’s win, continuing his dominant stretch which has seen him record 10 sacks over the Patriots’ last six games.
The play from the third-year linebacker certainly seems to be a bit of a breakthrough as the 2020 second-round pick has been viewed as a potential breakout player in each of the last two seasons. However, Uche hasn’t lived up to the hype until the recent stretch, recording only three sacks from the beginning of the 2021 season through the first seven games of this season.
Matthew Judon, who leads the league with 14.5 sacks, got another chance to brag about his pass-rushing mate, who he has praised on a constant basis since he came to New England in 2021.
“I told y’all I wasn’t the best pass rusher,” Judon said. “Our best pass rusher is emerging. People are going to have to block him. If they don’t and they chip my side and they worry about me, Uche will do that every week. I just love the way he’s playing with confidence and poise. This is the most he’s played since he’s been in the NFL, so it’s taking a toll on him, but he’s going out there and he’s having a lot of success.”