Bill Belichick has made some historical trades in his time, finding value on other team's depth charts and making this value a battler.
And not many trades have had a greater impact on New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory in 2019 than the acquisition of Kyle Van Noy from Detroit Lions in 2016.
Van Noy, selected 40th overall in the 2014 NFL draft by Detroit, was moved to the Patriots for a sixth round pick after making only seven starts in 30 matches for Lions. He has started 30 of the 36 regular season games he has played in for New England and has won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Meanwhile, the lions have gone 24-24 over the past three seasons and have only played once and lost in the NFC Wild Card Round in 201
On Thursday, Van Noy discovered that it was like going from Detroit to New England in 2016.
"I'll repeat what my friend said so I'm not in trouble," said Van Noy. "He's Like" You went from the toilet bowl to the Super Bowl. ""
He continued to say how things fell into place in New England so easily.
"When I got there, it was as if they had a plan for me, it seemed. Then the plan got bigger with how I played," said Van Noy. "That said, I didn't know it for to begin with because I had been in Detroit where I was kindly told "We don't know where to put you." And I'm like, "why did you draft me?" I had my own trainer told me "I don't know where to put you."
Of course, Van Noy's purchases were a big success for the patriots, as the linebacker has become a big part of the defense and has become a favorite among fans. But it was also a big leap for Van Noy personally. There is no one to tell how his career would have played out if he remained in Detroit.
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