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3 Patriots Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season

Max Staley
Sony Michel is one of three Patriots that might not end the season as the starter.
Sony Michel is one of three Patriots that might not end the season as the starter. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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It's a new era in New England. While Tom Brady is gone, he's not the only big-name departure the Patriots will have to overcome in 2020. The team also lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton.

With so much turnover on the roster, there could be plenty of competition for starting jobs next season. Here are three Patriots that could be in danger of losing their starting role in 2020.

1. Sony Michel

Sony Michel could be in danger of losing his starting job in 2020.
Sony Michel could be in danger of losing his starting job in 2020. / Billie Weiss/Getty Images

Sony Michel endeared himself to Pats fans with a historic 2018 postseason. In just three games, Michel racked up 336 yards and 6 touchdowns – tied for the second-most postseason TDs ever among running backs. However, his play fell off a cliff in 2019. His yards per carry fell from 4.5 in 2018 to 3.7, and he isn't a pass-catching threat. It's hard to blame the offensive line, as New England had the league's 10th-best run-blocking grade, according to Pro Football Focus. If Michel doesn't turn it around, someone like Damien Harris (a 2018 third-round pick) could get a shot at his job.

2. Patrick Chung

Patrick Chung could be in danger of losing his job in 2020.
Patrick Chung could be in danger of losing his job in 2020. / Billie Weiss/Getty Images

Patrick Chung has played 10 of his 11-year career with the Patriots, and he's been excellent. But he'll be 33 years old by the time next season kicks off, and he's dealt with his fair share of injuries. To make matters worse, the Pats used their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Kyle Dugger, who could be Chung's long-term replacement. Coming off his lowest graded season from PFF (54.9) since 2013, Chung isn't a surefire bet to finish the year as the starter.

3. Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu hasn't been a great fit with the Patriots.
Mohamed Sanu hasn't been a great fit with the Patriots. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

New England spent a second-round pick to acquire Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons. Suffice it to say, it has not worked out. Through eight games with the team, Sanu only caught 26 passes for 207 yards and one score. The team also spent two third-round picks on tight ends, which could suggest that the Patriots want to use more 12 personnel, which only leaves room for two wideouts. Don't be shocked if N'Keal Harry develops in year two and beats out the soon-to-be 31-year-old Sanu.



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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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