5 issues to find out about newly acquired Patriots OT Vederian Lowe


Lowe, a 2022 Vikings draft choose, needed to assume a number of accountability at a younger age.

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Vederian Lowe enjoying for the Vikings earlier within the 2023 preseason previous to his commerce to the Patriots. AP Picture/Bruce Kluckhohn

The Patriots acquired offensive lineman Vederian Lowe in a commerce with the Vikings over the weekend in a deal that can assist bolster depth on the place.

Lowe, 24, is coming into his second season within the NFL. The previous Illinois standout was drafted by Minnesota in 2022 as a sixth-round choose (184th total).

Listed below are a couple of extra issues to find out about Lowe:

He appeared in 4 video games for the Vikings as a rookie.

With a comparatively effectively established depth chart on the offensive line, the Vikings used Lowe sparingly throughout his rookie season.

The sixth-round choose appeared in 4 video games, three of which included snaps solely on particular groups.

Within the penultimate week of the common season, Lowe was despatched in for a bigger function throughout a sport towards the Bears. He ended up enjoying 46.5 % of the offensive snaps within the eventual 29-13 win over Chicago, together with 30.4 % of particular groups snaps.

Lowe helped the Vikings rush for 141 yards and two touchdowns on the bottom. The offensive line additionally went the entire sport with out permitting a sack.

Invoice Belichick views him as a deal with (for now).

Chatting with reporters on Monday, Invoice Belichick gave an outline of what he thinks about Lowe.

“He’s a participant that we felt like may compete on the offensive line and provides us some depth there,” stated Belichick. “Younger participant, he’s performed a number of deal with in his profession at Illinois and at Minnesota.”

The Patriots’ coach acknowledged that he clearly gained’t have a full image till he will get to watch Lowe apply and play.

“He might have some place flexibility, I don’t know, I’ll should work with him and see.”

Lowe was cited by NFL draft scouts as a participant with upside.

Although he was a later-round choose, Lowe was a participant that NFL analysts thought had good potential popping out of school.

“He’s huge, robust and lengthy however must play with higher hand accuracy and method to completely unlock these traits,” wrote Lance Zierlein previous to the 2022 draft. “Bend and athleticism are each strengths for Lowe, who’s a scheme-independent expertise. He’s allowed too many pressures and sacks throughout his profession however has the instruments for speedy enchancment with a couple of teaching fixes.”

Nonetheless, he was projected by some as a backup.

“His best size, good grip power and aggressive toughness ought to give him a shot at carving out a backup function,” famous Bleacher Report’s Brandon Thorn.

His profession in school obtained off to an unexpectedly quick begin.

Recruited out of Auburn Excessive College in Rockford, Lowe stayed in-state and attended Illinois. He was listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.

Although he had surgical procedure the summer season earlier than beginning school to restore a lateral torn meniscus in his proper knee (inflicting him to overlook all of preseason), Lowe nonetheless gained a beginning function instantly.

By the top of his first season, Lowe had turn into a longtime a part of the Illini line, and was given honorable point out within the Large Ten Community’s all-freshman group.

He went on to begin a program document 52 video games, together with each sport he was accessible for after his freshman season.

He’s needed to assume extra accountability at a younger age, and his character has been repeatedly praised.

Except for his soccer capability, Lowe’s management qualities have been cited by scouts forward of the draft. In his remaining 12 months at Illinois, he obtained nominations for the FWAA Braveness Award in addition to the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the 12 months.

Away from the sphere, he already has a longtime household life with a spouse and two kids.

“These are issues which have occurred to me that I by no means thought would occur at this age,” Vederian advised the Illini Inquirer in 2021. “I all the time needed to get married and have a household and all that, however I by no means thought I’d be a senior in school and it might all be performed.

“I’m glad I obtained my life began like this sooner than later,” he added. “It has actually helped me in all points of my life. It has helped me prioritize issues that wanted to be prioritized.”

Lowe and his spouse, Haylee, additionally turned authorized guardians of Lowe’s half-brother, Vydalis Cockrell, after their mom, Veneka Cockrell, died in 2019. Cockrell is seven years youthful than Lowe.

Lowe stated that after discussing it along with his spouse, they shortly moved to absorb Vydalis.

“It was simply me and her placing our heads collectively and saying we may do that,” Vederian advised the Inquirer’s Joey Wagner. “It’s troublesome taking in an adolescent proper off the bat. They’re already set of their methods. I really like having my brother with me.”