After a stellar rookie season for the New England Patriots, Deatrich Wise is looking to be even better.
As all of his teammates were headed back inside, Wise still felt he had some work to do. He was in the corner of the field and working on his technique with a tackling sled.
For Wise, putting in the extra work is just a part of being an NFL player.
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"“You do what it takes,” Wise said when asked about being the last player to leave the field. “Being an edge rusher in the NFL is really technique. The (offensive) tackles are stronger and a lot savvier than the college tackles I went up against.“So that’s why I’m out here focusing on my technique and making sure of my details.”"
Fighting for his spot
Wise had a great start to his career. He tallied 26 total tackles and 5 sacks last season. Wise was one of the best pass rushers on the team besides Trey Flowers. In the playoffs Wise didn’t disappear either. He had two sacks in the divisional round game against the Titans.
Wise has a ton of competition this offseason. The Patriots brought in Adrian Clayborn and have Derek Rivers returning from injury. Also Flowers will be retaining his spot on the line as well. If Wise wants to get mixed in he will have to continue to work hard. With all the talent the Patriots have we may also see a good amount of substitutions especially during long drives.
Wise was fun to watch last season as he seemed to just slip by offensive lineman. He will have to continue putting in the extra work if he wants to get playing time next season with such a stacked defensive line.