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Could Obi Melifonwu's role with Patriots be more than just safety?

Ryan Hannable
November 09, 2018 - 1:45 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots signed safety Obi Melifonwu earlier this week, but it remains to be seen what his actual role will be.

He's behind veterans Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon on the depth chart, so with him signing a two-year deal it could be a move for the future, or perhaps he could play another position.

On Friday, Bill Belichick indicated that's a possibility.

"Yeah, we'll see," he said. "That's a good question. We'll see. We've really only had him for a couple of days so we'll see how it goes. He has good size. He's smart. He learns quickly. He's athletic. We'll see what he can do. I don't know; possibly."

If he were to change positions, it would likely be to cornerback, which some thought might be the case coming out of the draft last year.

Melifonwu was drafted in the second round by the Raiders in the 2017 draft out of UConn, but has only played in five total games due to injuries. 

It's unlikely he's active this Sunday against the Titans, but that could change in the coming weeks.

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