Coming into his second year in the NFL after a promising rookie campaign, defensive end Chase Winovich was looking forward to a greater opportunity on the field in 2020.

With key departures on the defensive side of the ball for New England this offseason, many expected Winovich to step up in Year Two, and he did just that in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins.

Winovich had six tackles, including one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit, in 42 defensive snaps played in the Patriots’ 21-11 win over the Dolphins. But the degree to which his role expanded, evidenced by the snap he took aligned as a nose tackle in a goal-line situation, took many by surprise, including Winovich himself.

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