The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Raekwon McMillan to a contract extension.
The who did the patriots sign today is a question that has been asked many times. This morning, the Patriots signed Raekwon McMillan to a contract extension.
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The New England Patriots clearly see something in linebacker Raekwon McMillan that they like.
The Patriots chose to sign the 25-year-old three-year NFL veteran to a contract extension on Monday, despite the fact that he tore his ACL during training camp, according to ESPN’s Field Yates:
The Patriots have signed LB Raekwon McMillan to a one-year contract deal that will keep him with the team until 2022. McMillan tore his ACL during training camp and will miss the rest of the season, but this offers him a chance to return next season.
September 27, 2021 — Field Yates (@FieldYates)
For McMillan and the Patriots, the contract is essentially a do-over. He signed a one-year contract with the club this summer, but he was injured before he could even play.
The new deal will put McMillan in the same position as last season, giving him the chance to show he can contribute on defense. McMillan had been impressing head coach Bill Belichick before to his injury.
During a news conference during training camp, Belichick said:
Raekwon has done an excellent job; I’m pleased by his intellect and work ethic. Every day, he’s locked up. He puts forth a lot of effort both on and off the field. Does a fantastic job at trying to do things just right, as he’s been taught. He takes it all very seriously and is in charge of a lot of things in there, including the front, coverage, and a lot of the linebacker changes by formation and so on.
That’s the sort of great recommendation that prompts a much-needed do-over. Maybe in 2022, he’ll be able to take up where he left off. New England will now have two young linebackers scheduled to return to the field in 2022 following severe knee injuries, if you include Patriots rookie LB Cameron McGrone.
The Patriots have reverted to LB and have just called up a member of the practice squad.
Jahlani Tavai’s time on the 53-man roster was brief. After appearing in eight defensive plays and six special teams snaps in the Week 3 defeat to the New Orleans Saints, Tavai was relegated to the practice squad on Monday.
Jahlani Tavai, a linebacker, has been demoted to the practice squad.
September 27, 2021 — New England Patriots (@Patriots)
During his short stint on the active roster, Tavai did not record a single tackle. The fact that he played 14 plays after being brought up indicates that the Patriots may be short on depth at inside linebacker. McMillan would have been in that position if he hadn’t been injured.
What Can the Inside Linebackers Expect in Week 4?
While veteran middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower has battled to regain his form through the first three weeks of the season, the three-time Super Bowl winner will need to be at his best on Sunday night. He’ll almost certainly be up against former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
If Hightower isn’t on the field, Ja’Whaun Bentley will be in charge of such duties.
Aside with signal calls and middle linebacker responsibilities against the opposing quarterback, the Patriots’ inside linebackers will have to deal with a Tampa Bay running game that will be trying to rebound following a 35-yard rushing performance against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
Be prepared, Hightower and Bentley.
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