Morning links: Can Kyle Van Noy help the Patriots’ pass rush? Did Alex Smith suffer a concussion?

Matt Dolloff of CBS Boston looks at if Kyle Van Noy can help the pass rush for the New England Patriots.

 After talking about the Patriots’ lack of pressure on the quarterback, Dolloff writes, “That could be where newcomer Kyle Van Noy could help. Regarded as a good pass rushing prospect out of BYU, the 2014 second-round draft pick was a disappointment in his first two-plus seasons with the Detroit Lions, registering just one sack in 30 NFL games.”

Dolloff then looks at the numbers before getting back to Van Noy, saying, “It’s fair to be confident that Belichick can bring the best out of Van Noy, but there’s also the distinct possibility that the former Lion makes little-to-no contributions to the defense as a whole, let alone the pass rush. Still, there’s a recent precedent for Belichick in improving the team’s defensive pressure through the installation of former castoffs or second-round picks mid-season.”

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