3. Josh Uche
Patriots fans were ready to see linebacker Josh Uche in a bigger role after a terrific 2022 campaign. The former Michigan Wolverine racked up 12.5 sacks in 15 games despite only playing 38% of defensive snaps without a single start.
Fast forward to 2023 and Uche is still in the same role as he was last year. The 25-year-old defender has only started in two of six games, playing 36% of snaps along the way. His play has been a bit quieter this time around, however, with 2 sacks and 6 total tackles.
Uche is also an upcoming free agent, but I wouldn't be shocked if New England doesn't attempt to bring him back. He knows he can be productive with limited playing time, but it's becoming increasingly clear that the organization doesn't view him as a full-time starter.
If there's no chance of the two sides working something out, Uche should be moved. He's one of the better backup linebackers in the league and would immediately improve any team's depth at the position. Playing in a new environment also allows him to prove if he can sink or swim in a bigger role.
The last thing the Pats need is for the offseason to come and they're unable to re-sign Uche, making them regret not moving him before Halloween.