How Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped Josh Uche ignore the trade deadline noise

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff WriterNov 19, 2023, 06:00 AM ET

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. Uche at deadline: A sign at the door reminds players to “ignore the noise” every time they depart Gillette Stadium. In a peek behind the curtain of what life is like for some players leading up to the NFL’s November trade deadline, Josh Uche shared how Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped him do so.

Uche, a defensive end/outside linebacker in his fourth NFL season, was discussed in trade scenarios with other teams.

“It was an interesting situation,” he told in a 1-on-1 interview this past week. “It was the first time I really had some open, transparent dialogue with Bill. He was very honest. He kept things very real with me.

“He told me they want me here. He told me teams that were interested, and things like

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