It’s easy to get overexcited about plays during the preseason, but this is just too perfect to ignore.
The Cleveland Browns used the 6th overall pick of the 2013 draft on edge defender Barkevious Mingo. He was a total bust. He couldn’t win the starting job and, as the Browns went through their annual upheavals, dropped down the depth chart after coaching changes.
The New England Patriots wanted Mingo badly over the past few seasons, but the asking price was too great. Well, the Patriots and Browns agreed on a 5th round pick to transfer Mingo over to the Patriots this past week.
Mingo suited up in a Patriots uniform for the first time on Thursday. He promptly forced back-to-back fumbles once he stepped on the field.
He strip sacked the Giants quarterback on the first play, but an illegal hands to the face call on linebacker Elandon Roberts (who actually clotheslined the receiver, thank you very much) resulted in the Giants retaining the football.
No problem. The Giants handed off the ball and Mingo used his pursuit to force another fumble.
It seems like Mingo is primed to have more success with the Patriots than he did with the Browns. Sorry, Cleveland.