When Matthew Judon signed with the Patriots, he was afraid he was becoming a member of a bunch of “weirdos.”
That’s what he instructed retired security Devin McCourty in an interview for “Sunday Night Football” about his preconceived notion of the staff from his 5 years with the Ravens.
But assembly gamers like McCourty, Deatrich Wise, Dont’a Hightower and Matthew Slater made him shortly understand he could be match.
“I think one of the biggest things was kind of meeting you, guys like you, Hightower, Wise, kind of knowing (Lawrence Guy) already. When I came in here the first guys that I met that played was Wise and Slate. You get to know Wise, you’re like, this guy’s like quirky. Like he’s not a suit and tie guy. He kind of flop around, joke around,” Judon instructed McCourty”. “And you then meet Slate and simply the presence that Slate has in any room. When he talks, it’s very educated, it’s very matter of reality, however it’s not caught up. I feel that’s what you get outdoors trying in, you see only a entire bunch of caught up guys. But then once you get within the constructing like, ‘bro, like, y’all joke, have enjoyable, do issues otherwise than lots of different groups across the league or from the place I used to be from.’ I used to be like, ‘These dudes not pencil necks. But I thought when you were back there running around, I was like, ‘Man, this dude, he a cornball.’ But I bought right here, and also you have been form of straight.
“That’s what I was thinking. I ain’t really never met y’all at any other social event or nothing. I ain’t never seen like a Patriots player out. So, I was like, ‘Man, these dudes are weirdos.’ I ain’t never met none of y’all in the offseason. I come from Grand Valley, so I don’t really know y’all like that or have connections like that.”
Despite pondering he was signing as much as play with a bunch of nerds, head coach Bill Belichick nonetheless drew Judon to New England, the place he signed a four-year, $56 million contract in 2021 as a free agent. Judon has since reworked his contract.
And Judon feels that Belichick has turned him into a greater participant. Judon made two Pro Bowls with the Ravens however had simply 34.5 sacks in 76 video games. He already has 29 sacks with the Patriots in simply 35 video games, and he’s made two extra Pro Bowls.
“I just — coming from (John) Harbaugh, I felt like going to Belichick was only a step up in caliber of coaches,” Judon stated. “That every thing that’s on Bill’s resume, all of the wins or all of the success or all of the gamers that he has beneath him, I assumed it was solely a step up, and I feel you form of see that in my play type, you see that in my numbers. But I feel you see that when all people comes right here. Everybody embodies the Patriot means. Everybody embarks on their very own journey as a Patriot. Whether that’s coming in right here and having success and lots of success or some folks are available right here and are like, ‘Bruh, I cannot do that. Like that’s robust.’ Because you’ve seen it each methods. You’ve seen folks come right here and revamp their careers, otherwise you’ve seen folks are available right here and are like, ‘No. I’m achieved.’
“I think me just coming here and just me being a student of the game and just really eager to win and to have success and become a star player. I think just me coming here and learning under Coach Belichick has only helped me.”
Judon registered a sack within the Patriots’ first sport of the season in opposition to the Eagles.