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Bedard’s Breakdown: Chase Winovich states his case with monster game, but will Bill Belichick ever really trust him?

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

The Chase Winovich we've seen in spurts was on full display against the Ravens.

Given a role that played into his inherent aggressiveness, Winovich flourished with one of the most impactful games you'll ever see from a Patriots: 12 impactful plays overall, including eight QB hurries and 1.5 stuffs.

It was a monster game for the second-year linebacker, and it naturally set off a bunch of questions about why Winovich's snap counts had diminished in previous weeks.

Some people think it was his radio interviews on 98.5 The SportsHub. Bill Belichick just said Winovich's role wasn't featured as much.

The truth? It was probably a little bit of everything.

But I'm not so sure Sunday night really changes things all that much for Winovich — unless the Patriots move him full-time to ILB (which we advocated for earlier in the season). Why? Because I'm still not sure Winovich has earned Belichick's full trust, and you're not getting a consistent, major role unless that happens. And I'm not sure he ever will, unless Winovich fully buys into what it means to be a Patriot.

Why doesn't Belichick trust Winovich?