Patriots rookie Sony Michel. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Patriots placed rookie linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley on injured reserve yesterday, further cementing the fact the team's 2018 draft class has been a disaster. Nine picks--six on IR.
Adam Kaufman spoke with Ben Volin, who covers the Pats for the Boston Globe and offered his thoughts on the class.
"The losing Isaiah Wynn with the torn Achilles in preseason, that was a real killer," Volin said. "Your first-round pick, a guy that you expected to be an immediate contributor and solidify the offensive line, that's just bad luck. Duke Dawson suffered an injury, their second-round pick, he's on IR."
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"I do wonder, it did seem like Belichick and the Patriots didn't wait long for a lot of these guys. Like, maybe they didn't have season-long injuries, but they just wanted the roster spot, so they said, we'll put you on IR. We might be able to bring you back in eight weeks down the road. So they have a lot of candidates now for the two IR return spots, and I think they'll just wait and see how that shakes out. Yeah, it's basically a red shirt year for their draft picks. Pretty much the entire class is on injured reserve right now, and only undrafted rookie J.C. Jackson I tihnk is the one really contributing. Just goes to show how the draft is a total crapshoot."
New England's other top pick--Sony Michel--is active, but the running back missed the preseason and regular season opener with a injury.
Christian Sam, Keion Crossen, Braxton Berrios, and Ryan Izzo are also on IR. Danny Etling's on the practice squad.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports