Undrafted rookie Harvey Langi could find himself having big role with Patriots in 2017

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2017 - 4:41 pm

FOXBORO -- For 13 straight seasons, an undrafted rookie has made the Patriots' 53-man roster and by the way things have gone the first week of training camp, there's a good chance it will be 14 because of Harvey Langi.

With Rob Ninkovich retiring, Langi could be the biggest beneficiary. 

At BYU, Langi started at both defensive end and inside linebacker, but over the last few days he's seen extensive time on the edge, playing a role similar to Ninkovich. He totaled 57 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior last season.

Now with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, he's willing to do whatever the team asks.

“Yeah, even in college I was just trying to do my best for whatever the coaches need," he said Wednesday. "This team, whatever they need, or where ever they need Harvey Langi at, I am going to give them that Harvey they want at that position and work really hard.

"Man, it’s the beginning of camp and I have a long way to go. It’s weird you guys want to talk to me. I have a long way to go. I am just here to work.”

Even though Ninkovich is retired, he hasn't gone very far. On Wednesday he was on the field working with some defensive players, including Langi. 

“I’ve always looked up to him," Langi said. "Coming here and actually meeting Rob, I was star struck. I was very impressed by the person he is off the field. He knows a lot. He’s done a lot of good things and he’s an amazing player. Anything that he can mentor me on, or give me tips at, I am going to sit there and listen and hopefully learn some of the things he did in the decade that he played.”

Despite being a rookie, the Patriots have thrown a lot on his plate in the first week of camp. Sometimes rookies may feel overwhelmed, but from the way Langi was talking, he believes he can handle anything.

“With the resources that I have and just my mindset, I really believe that I can handle anything that is thrown at me, only because my mind set is I can keep trying and trying and trying and trying," Langi said.

Being around the team just a few short months, he's already speaking like a true Patriot and if he continues to perform like he has on the field, he could find a future in New England.