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If you watched the Patriots slaughter the Jets on Thursday night, there is probably a series of questions that have been on your mind. One question is, “who is Steve Gregory and where did he come from?” Well I know I certainly had to find out for myself after his wonderful performance on Thursday.
Gregory is actually a seventh year veteran of the NFL who has played on the San Diego Chargers, and of course, the Pats this year. Gregory is a safety who played his college football at Syracuse University. In college, he split time as a wide receiver and defensive back and that can only help his knowledge on both positions.
When he came into the league after being drafted by San Diego, he played a vast majority of the games. The safety played with the Chargers up until this season. In the past, he has not been seen as a big time playmaker or has had the highest stats. This season alone, he has matched his forced fumble total and has two of his six career interceptions. Gregory has definitely stepped up to help this struggling Patriots defense this year.
On Thursday night, Gregory played a huge role in taking over the game versus the AFC East rival Jets. He had one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown. Gregory accounted for 3 separate scoring plays on defense and for major points off of turnovers during the Thanksgiving Day blowout.
Gregory has not only been a good asset for one game though. The safety has definitely stepped up to help the defense that has mostly been slacking this year. Through seven games, Gregory has the 28 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble. Gregory is no doubt a very tenacious player and is a great asset to the team.
Clearly, Gregory has become a great asset to the Patriots defense. Gregory plays the game of football the right way and is really focused on changing the state of the Patriots defense.
According to Boston.com, the safety said after the game that, “It was just a matter of us being aggressive, just going out and hitting guys trying to really just cause chaos out there.”