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Patriots Football Daily: Mike Onwenu Prepared to Play Right



New England Patriots guard Mike Onwenu blocks against the Washington Commanders during an NFL football game at Gillette Stadium, Sunday Nov. 5, 2023 in Foxborough, Mass. Onwenu should be the Patriots top priority in NFL free agency. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

The New England Patriots did not “burn some cash” in free agency the way head coach Jerod Mayo had stated, or how many Patriots fans expected. However, the team did spend. The bulk of that money was used on retaining players from their 2023. They extended Christian Barmore, along with bringing back several key contributors. One of those returnees was Mike Onwenu, who inked a three-year deal for $57 million.

Onwenu spoke with’s Evan Lazar about the free agency process and his outlook for the upcoming season.

“I’m happy to be back here, so that’s all that matters,” said Onwenu. “I think it was always trending in the direction that I would be back. We always kept the communication line open and were talking about everything. So it was a good time.”

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As for where the versatile offensive lineman will play in 2024, Mike Onwenu plans to begin this season in the same spot he finished playing in 2023.

“Throughout the whole process, we spoke about me playing tackle. Even after I signed, that was still the same thing. So, under my notion, I’m playing right tackle,” Onwenu told reporters.

Offensive Line Outlook for 2024

Mike Onwenu at right tackle and David Andrews at center give New England two players who appear locks to start along the offensive line. Left guard Cole Strange, who ended 2023 on injured reserve, remains a question mark due to health. Sidy Sow played well at right guard as a rookie last season but could shift to the left side if Strange remains out. The starter at left tackle will be a competition in training camp. Chukwuma Okorafor, Caeden Wallace, Calvin Anderson, and Vederian Lowe are among the players expected to compete to start opposite Onwenu.

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt and offensive line coach Scott Peters will determine which players fit their scheme best.

“It is a lot of wide zone and more emphasis on actually stretching the ball and having the ball on the outside,” Onwenu said of the new scheme. “Last year, everything was more cutback. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays. It’ll probably allow us to finish our blocks and stay on our blocks without worrying about the guy falling off, or worrying about where the run is going to go.”

Regardless of scheme or others starting alongside him, Onwenu is excited about the upcoming season.

“We have an opportunity to build and start new. I think that’s really what’s important. We all see that opportunity, and we want to take that opportunity,” he explained. “This is year five for me, so I do feel the need to be more and do more as a leader. Primarily, lead by example. I just want to intensify that.”

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Yahoo! Sports – Michael Irvin is out at NFL Network

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

James Harrison recorded 82.5 career sacks before joining the New England Patriots in 2017. It is the most sacks for a player in NFL history before joining the Patriots.

Post of the Day

Today’s post features the two sacks James Harrison recorded in his only regular season game with the New England Patriots:

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