Ja’Whaun Bentley’s college coach is saying ‘I told you so’ as Patriots rookie continues to stand out

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FOXBOROUGH — Nick Holt wasn’t surprised.

Sitting in his basement in West Lafayette, Indiana on Thursday night — he had just gotten back from the office — the Purdue co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach flipped on the Patriots-Eagles game hoping to see his guy, linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. The New England rookie was playing in his second preseason game of the summer, and was looking to build on the success he had in the preseason opener against the Redskins.

And his guy didn’t disappoint. Bentley delivered a scoop-and-score in the second quarter, recovering a Nick Foles fumble after a strip sack from Adrian Clayborn. Bentley went 54 yards to the house, turning a close game into a blowout and penning another chapter in what has already been one of the feel-good stories of the summer for New England.

“We got done with our work tonight. We’re in fall camp, and we just got home a little while ago,” Holt said when reached by phone just before halftime Thursday night. “I put the game on, and about three or four minutes later, Ja’Whaun picks up that fumble and runs for the touchdown. We all whooped it up here -- my wife and I and one of our other coaches here down in our basement. It was awesome.”