Bill Belichick’s knack for signing experienced veterans on discounted contracts is probably his greatest skill as a general manager (especially considering his mid-round drafting flops). Chris Long is just the 2016 example of such a find, and as Mike Reiss writes the transition for Long has been seamless.
The head coach has also noticed;
"Very consistent, very professional, very dedicated. I think he has earned everybody’s respect," Belichick said, noting that Long is often the first player in the facility every morning. "He has just done everything right and very team-oriented."
Added Matt Patricia;
"Just a true professional, a guy that comes to us with a lot of experience, but someone that really came to us with a fresh, brand new attitude and a new start ... I think for him and for us, it's just been a good kind of fresh start to have him here."
Three games in this is exactly the type of impact you'd expect from a player a few years into his Patriots career. Just goes to show The Hoodies ability at picking low risk/high reward players from the NFL discount bin.
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