Offensive lineman Michael Onwenu played 22 offensive snaps in his NFL debut on Sunday, and none of them came at his natural position of guard. The 6-foot-3, 350-pounder started 26 games at right guard in his final two seasons at Michigan. But in his first game as a Patriot, Onwenu came in as an extra blocker at tight end and played one drive at right tackle.

Onwenu showed good push when blocking to the inside, and executed such a block to help open a hole for Cam Newton on a fourth-and-inches play in the fourth quarter. The rookie played both Patriots snaps in 14 personnel (1 running back, 4 tight ends) and made an effective block at the second level on the first offensive snap of the game.

“Mike’s earned playing time and he’s been able to play different spots for us,” said head coach Bill Belichick. “Right now, our two guards are pretty established players and they played well. If we can find a way to utilize our personnel productively, then we’ll try to do that. But, Mike’s a smart kid and he’s got good versatility, he’s worked hard, and he’s embraced the opportunity to play different positions.

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