Kyle Van Noy said he and the other former New England Patriots who are now Miami Dolphins are not trying to create Foxborough South.
I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that, Van Noy told the Miami Herald. We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings. We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami. They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town.
While more attention been shined on Central Florida where high profile ex-Patriots Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the South Florida chapter of New England Alumni association, led by former Patriots’ assistant Brian Flores, is actually the larger chapter.
In addition to Van Noy, Miami signed offensive lineman Ted Karras and linebacker Elandon Roberts to join defensive back Eric Rowe and a host of other players to have spent time in Patriots training camp or the practice squad.
Van Noy, who’d been a cast off in Detroit, spent four seasons in New England where he blossomed. He shined as a pass rusher last year with 6.5 sacks and emerged as a leader on the Patriots defense, which was the strength of the roster.
When it was suggested that Van Noy could be a popular player in South Florida, he liked the sound of that.