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Patriots: Kyle Dugger’s first NFL start proves why he was team’s top pick in 2020

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Kyle Dugger #35 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patriots rookie safety Kyle Dugger was a stud in his first NFL start Sunday night against Baltimore.

With the New England Patriots off to their worst start of the Bill Belichick era, the de facto general manager has come under a wave criticism for his recent draft failures. While other developments have factored into their struggles more so than errors in drafting judgment, it’s still a fair assessment of the situation and deserves to be discussed.