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    #91 DE Deatrich Wise Jr. The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However Youth Ryan Allen Jersey , only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today, the series continues with one of New England’s defensive linemen.Name: Deatrich Wise Jr.Position: Defensive edgeJersey number: 91Opening day age: 24Experience: 1Size: 6’5, 275 lbs.2017 review: The New England Patriots picked four players during the 2017 NFL draft, but only one of them actually found his way onto the team’s 53-man roster: Deatrich Wise Jr., who heard his name called in the fourth round and turned out to be a very good selection for New England during his rookie year. In fact, the Arkansas product served as the de-facto number two defensive edge behind fellow ex-Razorback Trey Flowers.In that role, Wise Jr. appeared in all 16 of the Patriots’ regular season contests and played 51.2% of New England’s defensive snaps (543 of 1,060). And even though his playing time decreased later during the year to a point where he played only 23.6% of snaps (51 of 216) in the postseason – mostly due to the additions of Eric Lee and James Harrison –, the 131st overall draft pick remained a productive presence opposite Flowers.Through the Patriots’ last six games of the season and with his role more specifically that of a pass rushing specialist, Wise Jr. registered 4.0 sacks to bring his season total to 7.0 – second-most on the team behind only Flowers. His impact was not limited to quarterback takedowns, though, as the rookie also was a regular disruptor of opposing passers: Wise Jr. finished the season with an additional 14 hits and 13 hurries.He still had his rookie hiccups, though: while productive as a pass rusher, Wise Jr. was a bit inconsistent at times and also had issues when it came to setting the edge in the running game (which played a role in the team adding the aforementioned Lee and Harrison late in the year). Overall, however, his first NFL season can still be seen as a success: Wise Jr. acclimated well to life in the pros and laid a solid foundation for the future.2018 preview: Following his encouraging rookie campaign, Wise Jr. appears poised to make the famed second-year leap in 2018: the 24-year old was one of the Patriots’ training camp standouts due to his high-motor during team drills and competitiveness when going one-on-one against the team’s projected starting offensive linemen. Consequently, he received plenty of opportunities to play together with the top defensive lineup.Given his performance over the summer , Wise Jr. is expected to continue seeing considerable playing time in year two. While a deeper rotation at the defensive edge positions should lead to a decreased total number of snaps for him, Wise Jr. should be a beneficiary of playing in a group that saw the additions of Derek Rivers (off injured reserve) and Adrian Clayborn (via free agency) over the course of the offseason.The second-year man will still see a lot of time, but possibly in a more clearly-defined role as a situational pass rusher – a usage that fit him well last year and allowed him to play to his strengths. As such, he will likely be on the field for 30-40% of defensive snaps. And all things considered, it would not be a surprise if Wise Jr. turned out to be the Patriots’ most productive pass rusher this season as opposed to the higher-profile Flowers or Clayborn. Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit's woeful running game.He's already reached one significant mark, becoming the Lions' first 100-yard rusher in almost five years.Johnson ran for 101 yards Sunday night, and Detroit beat the New England Patriots 26-10 . It was the first time a player on the Lions ran for 100 yards in a game since Nov. 28, 2013, when Reggie Bush did it. The home crowd appeared well aware of the streak, cheering loudly when Johnson's stats were put on the scoreboard."I know there's kind of stigmatism of the run game around here and however long it's been since we've run the ball well," Detroit coach Matt Patricia said. "I don't really think that's fair to these guys that are this year's team. They're trying to do a great job running the ball this year."Johnson, a rookie from Auburn, was effective throughout the game. Detroit established the run early and ended up with a huge edge in time of possession. The Lions controlled the ball for 39:15."We just didn't do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance to win," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.The Patriots (1-2) allowed 13 points before they could manage a single first down. They pulled within three points in the third quarter, but Matthew Stafford's 33-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones made it 20-10, and New England's offense bogged down again after that.The Lions (1-2) outgained the Patriots 414-209, and that was only after New England picked up 52 yards on a meaningless drive at the end.Here are a few more things we learned in Detroit's surprising victory:PATRICIA WINSPatricia's outlook in Detroit now looks a lot better after he beat his former boss. Patricia came to the Lions in the offseason after being part of Belichick's staff with the Patriots. His debut in Detroit couldn't have gone much worse — the Lions lost their opener at home to the New York Jets, 48-17, then fell to San Francisco on the road.The performance against New England gave fans a lot more to cheer about."I really thought the fans were just unbelievable tonight Eric Rowe Jersey ," Patricia said. "The games are hard. There are a lot of things that go on in the game and it goes up and down and the ebbs and flows of it, but just having the constant fans kind of backing all the way through the game tonight, even when things don't necessarily go the way you want them to go and knowing that you still have the crowd behind you and they're still cheering and they're still making an impact on the opponent. It was a big advantage for us."FUNKWith Julian Edelman suspended, New England looked abysmal offensively for much of this game. Rob Gronkowski had four catches for 51 yards, but Brady threw for only 133 yards, his fewest since Dec. 28, 2014, against Buffalo."It wasn't like they reinvented the defense out there, it was really just us not doing a good job of anything," Brady said. "Run game, pass game, we didn't do enough to advance the ball forward."TEAM EFFORTJohnson was productive with the ball, but Detroit's offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for the Lions' long-awaited rushing milestone. The line blocked well in the running game and allowed only one sack.FLAT EARLYNew England certainly should have been motivated for this prime-time game after losing to Jacksonville the previous weekend, but the Patriots were manhandled early by Detroit. With 4:58 left in the second quarter, the Lions had huge edges in first downs (14-0), yards (196-13) and time of possession (20:46-4:16). New England was somewhat fortunate to be down only 13-0 at that point.Asked what his team needed to do to play better team defense, Belichick was succinct: "Everything."UP NEXTThe Patriots suddenly face an intriguing September matchup next weekend when they host Miami. The unbeaten Dolphins have a chance to put New England in a three-game hole in the AFC East.Detroit plays at Dallas.