Making Waves Defense: Kyle Dugger
Safety – New England Patriots
Held Raiders star TE Darren Waller to only 2 catches, 9 yards
Kyle Dugger was one of the biggest surprises of draft night, as Belichick (with some help from his dog, Nike) drafted the safety out of unknown division II Lenoir–Rhyne with the Patriots first pick. He’s been in and out of the defensive rotations in his first year in New England, but his performance in week three is notable because of how he was deployed and how he reacted against one of the league’s top weapons. Las Vegas’ Darren Waller has been a tough cover thus far this season, averaging over eight yards per catch and seventy-five yards per game. All that ended on Sunday against New England, when Dugger and the New England secondary combined to completely stifle the big tight end, holding him to only two catches for nine yards in the blowout win. It sure looks like the young safety is earning the trust of head coach Bill Belichick, so will we see him lined up opposite Travis Kelce in a high-stakes matchup this weekend against Kansas City?
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