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Bill Belichick notes Kyle Van Noy is now among leaders of Patriots defense

Ryan Hannable
August 01, 2018 - 6:46 pm

FOXBORO -- Just over two years ago, Kyle Van Noy was new to the Patriots' system and had a lot to catch up on. Now, he's considered a leader of the defense.

Speaking Wednesday morning, Bill Belichick had high praise for the former Lions linebacker, who was traded to the Patriots during the 2016 season.

“Kyle’s done a really good job for us,” Belichick said. “He’s a player that didn’t start his career here but has come in and really has understood the way that we have tried to do things. He’s embraced it. He’s become very much of a leader in, A, doing his job and doing it the right way, but also helping other guys, particularly guys that transition onto the team as he did. He has a good perspective for that.

"But, he’s been very durable, dependable, he’s a smart football player, he’s versatile. He can do a lot of different things defensively, in the running game, in the passing game and in the kicking game. So, he’s got a good skillset and is a smart player with experience and can fill a lot of different roles for us. It’s hard to find players like that. He’s been a valuable guy for us.”

Van Noy was told of the praise after practice.

“Oh, he did?” Van Noy said. “What did he say?” 

“Honestly, he’s a great coach and that’s a very good compliment, but I feel like we have not just me, but so many guys here that are like that,” he added. “I really feel blessed to be a part of it. ... Words can’t express how much being here means to me and being with the players I’m with. I’m really grateful to be where I’m at and playing with the players that I have and to put that on the line for the fans, as well. We’re really blessed to be here and hopefully I show that each and every Sunday.”

Dont'a Hightower and Van Noy have emerged as the leaders of the linebackers group, which features several rookies.

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