Morning links: Harvey Langi talks about how his mission changed him; 5 penalties on 1 play

Rich Hill of SBNation’s Pats Pulpit made five instant observations about the Patriots’ loss to the Houston Texans over the weekend, and one of those observations was about former BYU Cougar Harvey Langi.

“With Dont’a Hightower and Shea McClellin not playing, Langi played every defensive snap of the first half with the Patriots’ first-team defense,” wrote Hill. “He flashed an ability to generate some solid pressure, but also showed his inexperience by vacating some of his gap responsibilities to allow the quarterback out of the pocket. Langi is getting every chance to prove that he should make the Patriots’ active roster to start the season and he held his own with the top unit.”

Langi finished the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles, and a played a team-high 49 defensive snaps.

It wasn’t the only time he was in the news over the weekend.

Brad Almquist of the Boston Globe looked at how a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the former Bingham High and BYU star.

“(Langi) grew up in the Mormon Church, where members can volunteer to serve on a two-year mission starting at the age of 18,” wrote Almquist. “Just as he hoped, his two-year mission in Tampa, Florida, would change his life, refining his faith and redirecting his path to his ultimate goal of playing in the NFL.”

Almquist then detailed what mission life was like for Langi, saying, “He sported a white shirt, dark tie, slacks, and shoes. From 9 to about 10 p.m., Langi was out in the community, ringing doorbells and visiting local parks.”

After looking at how Langi used his athletic ability to get extra teaching opportunities, Almquist quoted the New England Patriots defensive player.

“Every single day, out serving others and preaching the gospel, it put a lot of things in perspective for me, and opened my eyes to see the bigger picture of what I wanted in the future,” Langi said.

Almquist then talked about Langi’s transition from offense to defense and from Utah to BYU, what he was able to do on the field as a Cougar and how he ended up on the Patriots.

After talking about the deal Langi signed, Almquist looked at how he has performed so far.

“He has impressed throughout training camp, showcasing the explosiveness and strength that originally caught the Patriots’ notice.”

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