Winovich recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in Thursday's win over the Patriots.
Winovich played only 14 defensive snaps but found himself in the right place at the right time to recover the blocked punt late in the first quarter. The 24-year-old started the season working in a rotational role on the defensive line, but he's played only 52 defensive snaps over the last four games.
Winovich recorded one sack across eight defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.
Winovich has seen his defensive snaps drop every game so far this season but he has still managed to notch three sacks -- which is second most on the team. Given his drop in reps, it remains to be seen how the Patriots will utilize the rookie as they head into the second quarter of the season.
Winovich recorded 1.5 sacks in Sunday's blowout win over the Dolphins.
Despite the blowout, Winovich only played 26 of 62 defensive snaps (42 percent). The rookie third-round pick was effective in the limited snap count, but he's still listed behind Deatrich Wise and Michael Bennett on the depth chart. Consequently, this type of production will likely be rare for Winovich.
Winovich participated in OTAs on Thursday, Andrew Callahan of MassLive.com reports.
Winovich was selected by New England in the third round of the draft after undergoing thumb surgery in March. The Michigan product brings speed off the edge -- he clocked in a 4.59 40-yard dash at the combine -- as well as a solid motor to the Patriots' pass rush. Winovich racked up 59 tackles (33 solo) and five sacks in his senior year for the Wolverines.
The Patriots selected Winovich (thumb) in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 77th overall.
The Michigan product brings speed off the edge for New England, having clocked in at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash. One critique on Winovich is that he is over-reliant on that speed and lacks functional power to work through offensive tackles. He checks in at 6-foot-2 3/4 and 256 pounds, making him an undersized edge option in the mold of a Shaun Phillips. Still, Winovich has speed and motor to be an effective pass rusher, even if his frame puts a slight cap on his ceiling.
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