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New England Patriots safety Brenden Schooler (41) is seen during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 38-3. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The New England Patriots said goodbye to arguably the greatest special teams player in NFL history after the 2023 season. Matthew Slater wasn’t just an extraordinary player, he was an incredible leader too. The baton of special teams ace in Foxboro passed to Brenden Schooler. With Slater gone, Schooler says he’s also ready to take on more of a leadership role.

Slater wasn’t the only core special teams player to depart. Cody Davis also retired. Chris Board and Mack Wilson Sr. departed in free agency. Schooler discussed what the changes in the Patriots special teams core would mean for him.

“I hold myself to a super high standard to begin with, so I don’t think anything changes in that aspect,” said Schooler. “But being one of those guys that has a lot of game experience, especially when you talk about special teams and that core group, I think trying to take more of a leadership role, when Matt (Slater) was the guy for the past few seasons I was here.

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“Just taking that leadership role on and holding those guys to a certain standard. And any little bit of information I have, with a tip or anything, I’m trying to these young guys bring along with us. Because the faster they get acclimated to the game and the more they know, that’s better for the whole team in general. So, it’s been fun taking on that new role.”

Brenden Schooler signed with New England as an undrafted free agent out of Texas. He earned NFL All-Rookie Team honors in 2022. Last season, Schooler was named to the NFLPA All-Pro Team. He also won Patriots Football Now’s inaugural Matthew Slater Award in 2023 as the Patriots Special Teams Player of the Year. Slater’s retirement left a leadership void in New England. Fortunately for the Patriots, Schooler sounds ready and able to try and help fill it.

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