The New England Patriots played their last preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday night which means cut time for 22 players as teams will have to cut their rosters down to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday evening. One player bidding for a roster spot is rookie defensive end Michael Buchanan. As Boston.com reports on August 30, the seventh round pick made a strong showing during the Patriots final preseason game.
Buchanan played the entire game and spent a lot of time harassing the opposing quarterback which is something that has been missing on the Patriots defense since the days of Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and Roosevelt Covin. With 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble, the rookie defensive end certainly found a way to stand out and catch the attention of the coaches. He attributed his strong performance to comfort and preparation.
“I definitely felt comfortable out there tonight. I did a lot more preparing, getting ready for this game, so I would definitely say that’s the most comfortable I’ve felt.”
And the comfort showed as Michael Buchanan was hard to contain most of the game. Although it was just a preseason game, he showed glimpses of what he is capable of and what he may be able to add to the Patriots’ defense. If he makes the team it would be because of how well he prepared for the game as much as his actual performance.
“[I attribute it to] my studying habits, trying to pick up different things on guys. I knew I was going to see a number of different [offensive] tackles tonight…[I was] trying to study them all and be prepared for whatever guys are in the game.”
Michael Buchanan's studying habits and his ability to translate them on the field makes him the type of defensive player head coach Bill Belichick values. He may have won himself a spot on the roster just from his willingness to do whatever the coaches need him to do to help win football games.