Patrick Chung

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Patrick Chung
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Chung with the Patriots in 2017
No. 23 – New England Patriots
Position:Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1987-08-19) August 19, 1987 (age 31)
Kingston, Jamaica
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Rancho Cucamonga
(Rancho Cucamonga, California)
College:Oregon
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2018
Total tackles:707
Sacks:4.5
Pass deflections:54
Interceptions:11
Forced fumbles:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Patrick Christopher Chung (born August 19, 1987) is an American football strong safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon and has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Early life[edit]

Chung was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He has four brothers and three sisters.[1]

Chung lived in Jamaica until he was ten before moving to California, where he attended Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California; he played football as a safety and wide receiver and was a two-time All-League pick.[2]

College career[edit]

Chung enrolled at the University of Oregon in 2004.[3] After redshirting in 2004, Chung took over at the "rover" position in 2005, ranking second on the team with 91 tackles (5 solo), as he caused a fumble and deflected five passes. He earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention honors, and a spot on the Sporting News Freshman All-American Team. In 2006, Chung once again earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention, finishing third on the team with 84 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions.[4]

As a junior, Chung was named Second Team All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 Conference. He received the Gordon E. Wilson Award, given to the team's top special teams player. He averaged 22.3 yards on nine kickoff returns while leading the Ducks with a career-high 117 tackles (71 solos), adding 7.5 stops for loss. He broke up nine passes and was credited with a pair of interceptions.[5]

Chung garnered Third Team All-American accolades in addition to making the All-Pac 10 first-team for the second consecutive year in 2008. Along with offensive lineman Max Unger, the pair set the school record with 51 consecutive starting assignments. He had 92 tackles (58 solos) in 13 games, coming up with two sacks among his 6.5 stops for loss. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted down seven passes and returned his only interception 31 yards for a touchdown.[6]

Chung holds the distinction of starting more games than any other defensive player in Oregon history, having started 51 straight games during his collegiate career.[7]

Professional career[edit]

On January 16, 2008, it was announced that Chung had decided to forgo his last year of eligibility and enter the 2008 NFL Draft.[8] Three days later, Chung announced that he decided to instead return to Oregon for his senior year.[9] On January 24, 2009, Chung participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl as part of Cincinnati Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis' North team that lost 18–35 to the South.[10] He went on to attend the NFL Scouting Combine and completed the majority of drills before sustaining a knee injury. He was unable to perform the short shuttle and three-cone drill due to the injury. On March 12, 2009, he attended Oregon's pro day and ran the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[11] Chung was ranked as the top strong safety prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and was ranked the second best safety by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[12]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 14 in
(1.81 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
4.59 s 1.58 s 2.57 s 4.24 s 7.11 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
25 reps 23
All values from NFL Combine/Oregon's Pro Day[11]

New England Patriots[edit]

The New England Patriots selected Chung in the second round (34th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Chung was the second safety drafted in 2009, one pick behind Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas.[13]

2009[edit]

On July 27, 2009, the New England Patriots signed Chung to a four-year, $5 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $2 million.[14][15]

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees held a competition to name to new starting safeties between Chung, Brandon Meriweather, James Sanders, and Brandon McGowan.[16][17] Head coach Bill Belichick named Chung the backup strong safety to begin the regular season, behind Brandon Meriweather.[18]

He made his professional regular season debut in the New England Patriots' season-opener against the Buffalo Bills and recorded one tackle in their 25–24 victory. Chung made his first career tackle with teammate Darius Butler on cornerback Leodis McKelvin during a 21-yard kick return in the fourth quarter.[19] On October 16, 2009, Chung collected a season-high eight combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Vince Young as the Patriots routed the Tennessee Titans 59–0 in Week 6.[20] The following week, he collected four solo tackles and made his first career sack on quarterback Josh Johnson in the Patriots' 35–7 in over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in Week 7.[21] In Week 10, Chung earned his first career start and recorded five combined tackles during a 35–34 loss at the Indianapolis Colts.[22] He finished his rookie season with 37 combined tackles (25 solo), two sacks, a pass deflection, and an interception in 16 games and one start.[23]

The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 10–6 record. On January 10, 2010, Chung appeared in his first career playoff game as the Patriots were defeated 33–14 by the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wildcard Game.[24]

2010[edit]

On January 15, 2010, it was reported that defensive coordinator Dean Pees would not be renewing his contract or returning to the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick took over defensive coordinator duties for the season.[25][26] Chung competed for the job as the starting strong safety against Brandon McGowan and James Sanders.[27] He was officially named the starting strong safety to start the regular season, along with free safety Brandon Meriweather.[28]

He started in the New England Patriots' season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and collected a career-high 16 combined tackles (12 solo) in their 38–24 victory.[29] On October 4, 2010, Chung made five combined tackles and returned an interception by Chad Henne for a 51-yard touchdown to mark the first score of his career. He also blocked a punt and a field goal as the Patriots routed the Miami Dolphins 41–14 on Monday Night Football in Week 4.[30] In Week 6, he collected 13 combined tackles (five solo) in a 23–20 win against the Baltimore Ravens.[31] The following week, Chung made a tackle before exiting a 23–20 win against the San Diego Chargers after injuring his knee.[32] He was sidelined for the next two games (Weeks 8–9) due to the knee injury.[33] He finished the 2010 season with 96 combined tackles (72 solo), nine pass deflections, three interceptions, and a touchdown in 14 games and 13 starts.[23][34]

The New England Patriots finished atop their division with a 14–2 record, clinching a first round bye and home-field advantage. On January 16, 2011, Chung made his first career start in a playoff game and recorded four solo tackles during a 28–21 loss to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional round.[32] With 1:14 left in the second quarter, Chung made the decision to call an audible on a punt and opted to receive a direct snap from the longsnapper on a trick play instead and attempt to gain four-yards for the first down. He botched the direct snap and recovered the fumble for no gain at New England's 37-yard line.[35] The mistake proved costly as the New York Jets capitalized on their field position and scored a touchdown in four plays and 41 seconds to enter half time leading the Patriots 14–3.[36][37] Chung accepted responsibility for the mistake and stated it was his decision to call for the direct snap. He explained that he called the audible after discovering the Patriots had an eight on six advantage with their blocking scheme.[38]

2011[edit]

Chung entered training camp slated as the starting strong safety and was officially named the starter to begin the regular season, opposite free safety Brandon Meriweather. On September 18, 2011, Chung made five combined tackles during a 35–21 win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. He exited the game in the third quarter and returned with a hard cast around his thumb in the fourth quarter.[39] Chung was inactive for the Patriots' Week 3 loss at the Buffalo Bills after he underwent surgery to repair his fractured thumb.[40] On October 30, 2011, he collected a season-high 13 combined tackles (ten solo) and broke up a pass in the Patriots' 25–17 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.[41] Chung was sidelined for seven consecutive games (Weeks 10–16) after suffering an injury to his foot.[42][43] He finished the 2011 season with 62 combined tackles (37 solo), four pass deflections, an interception, and a sack in eight games and eight starts.[23]

The New England Patriots finished atop of the AFC East with a record of 13–3, clinching a first round bye and home-field advantage. They went on to defeat the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.[41] On February 5, 2012, Chung started in Super Bowl XLVI and recorded six combined tackles and a pass deflection in the Patriots' 21–17 loss to the New York Giants.[44]

2012[edit]

Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia retained Chung as the starting strong safety, alongside free safety Steve Gregory. Chung started the first six games of the season before sustaining a shoulder injury and missing four games (Weeks 7–11). During his absence, he was replaced by Devin McCourty, who was moved from cornerback to safety.[45] Upon his return in Week 11, Chung was named the backup strong safety behind McCourty and was limited to 65 defensive snaps in the next four games (Weeks 11–14).[46] On December 23, 2012, Chung made four combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted two passes by Chad Henne during a 23–16 win at the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.[47] The following week, Chung collected a season-high six combined tackles and deflected a pass in the Patriots' 28–0 victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.[47] Chung finished the season with 44 combined tackles (29 solo), five pass deflections, and two interceptions in 12 games and eight starts.[23]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 12, 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Chung to a three-year, $10 million contract with $4 million guaranteed. He was reunited with Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly, who served as Oregon's offensive coordinator during Chung's last two years.[48][49]

Chung (#23) pursuing Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2013.

Defensive coordinator Billy Davis held an open competition to name two new starting safeties. The competition included Chung, Kenny Phillips, Colt Anderson, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, and David Sims.[50] Head coach Chip Kelly named him the starting free safety to begin the season, along with strong safety Nate Allen.[51]

He started in the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opener at the Washington Redskins and recorded seven combined tackles in their 33–27 victory.[52] He was sidelined for two games (Weeks 4–5) due to a shoulder injury.[53] In Week 6, Chung made two combined tackles before exiting the Eagles' 31–20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter after aggravating his shoulder injury. He missed another two games due to the injury (Weeks 7–8) and lost his starting role to rookie Earl Wolff.[52] Chung regained his starting role in Week 11 and started the last six games of the regular season after Wolff sustained a knee injury.[54] On December 29, 2013, Chung collected a season-high ten combined tackles (five solo) during a 24–22 win at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.[52] He finished his only season with the Eagles with 59 combined tackles (39 solo) and three pass deflections in 12 games and ten starts.[23]

The Philadelphia Eagles finished first in the NFC East with a 10–6 record. On January 4, 2014, Chung made four solo tackles in the Eagles' 26–24 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wildcard Game.[52]

2014[edit]

On March 11, 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles released Chung after only one season, saving $2.25 million in cap space. His release was widely attributed to his injuries and issues in pass coverage. Problems with tackling and multiple incidents of accidentally delivering hits to teammates were also cited as possible reasons for his release.[55]

New England Patriots (second stint)[edit]

On April 3, 2014, the New England Patriots signed Chung to a one-year, $1.10 million contract that includes a $120,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $60,000.[56][14][57]

Throughout training camp, Chung competed against Duron Harmon for the job as the starting strong safety after the Patriots elected not to re-sign starting strong safety Steve Gregory.[58] Head coach Bill Belichick named Chung the starter to begin the season, alongside free safety Devin McCourty.[59]

On November 30, 2014, Chung collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (eight solo) during a 26–21 loss at the Green Bay Packers in Week 13.[60] In Week 15, Chung made ten combined tackles (five solo), two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass by Ryan Tannehill in the Patriots' 41–13 win against the Miami Dolphins.[60] He finished the season with 85 combined tackles (54 solo), with pass deflections, and an interception in 16 games and 15 starts.[23][61] Pro Football Focus gave Chung an overall grade of 84.4 in 2014.[62]

The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 12–4 record, clinching a first round bye and home-field advantage. On January 10, 2015, Chung started in the AFC Divisional Round and recorded seven combined tackles during a 35–31 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.[60] The Patriots reached the Super Bowl after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 45–7 in the AFC Championship Game. On February 1, 2015, Chung started in Super Bowl XLIX and made a solo tackle in their 28–24 victory against the Seattle Seahawks.[60]

2015[edit]

On January 9, 2015, the New England Patriots signed Chung to a three-year, $8.20 million extension with $3.40 million guaranteed and a $2.40 million signing bonus.[14][63]

On November 15, 2015, Chung collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (six solo) during a 27–26 victory at the New York Giants in Week 10. He was inactive during the Patriots' Week 16 loss at the New York Jets after injuring his hip the previous week.[64] He finished the season with 85 combined tackles (52 solo), nine pass deflections, and a forced fumble in 15 games and 14 starts.[23][65] Chung received an overall grade of 88.4 from Pro Football Focus, which was sixth highest grade among all qualified safeties in 2015.[66]

The New England Patriots finished atop the AFC East with a 12–4 record for the second consecutive season. On January 16, 2016, he made nine combined tackles during a 27–20 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round. The following week, Chung collected five combined tackles in the Patriots' 20–18 loss at the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.[67]

2016[edit]

On April 1, 2016, the New England Patriots signed Chung to a one-year, $5.70 million extension that includes $1.80 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $800,000. The agreement kept him under contract throughout the 2018 season.[68]

On October 7, 2016, Chung made seven combined tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass by Charlie Whitehurst during a 33–13 win against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5.[69] In Week 7, he collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (seven solo) and two pass deflections in the Patriots' 27–16 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers.[70] In Week 11, he collected nine combined tackles and sacked quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a 30–17 victory at the San Francisco 49ers.[71] Chung finished the 2016 season with 91 combined tackles (52 solo), three pass deflections, an interception, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts.[23] He received an overall grade of 56.5 front Pro Football Focus in 2015.[62]

The New England Patriots finished as the top seed with a 14-2 record.[72] They went on to reach the Super Bowl after defeating the Houston Texans 34–16 in the AFC Divisional Round and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game 36–17.[70] On February 5, 2017, Chung recorded five combined tackles and two passes defended as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime to win Super Bowl LI.[73] The Super Bowl featured the first overtime game and largest comeback in Super Bowl history.[74]

2017[edit]

Head coach Bill Belichick retained Chung and McCourty as the starting safety duo to open the 2017 regular season.[75] In Week 10, Chung collected four solo tackles, broke up a pass, and returned an interception by Trevor Siemian for 30 yards in the Patriots' 41–16 win at the Denver Broncos.[76] On November 26, 2017, he made ten combined tackles (nine solo) during a 35–17 victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12.[76] He finished the 2017 season with 84 combined tackles (71 solo), nine pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and 11 starts.[23] Pro Football Focus gave Chung an overall grade of 79.0 in 2017. His grade was the 42nd highest grade among all qualified safeties during the season.[77]

The New England Patriots finished the season with a 13–3 record and clinched home-field advantage and a first round bye. They defeated the Tennessee Titans 35–14 in the AFC Divisional Round and the Jacksonville Jaguars 24–20 in the AFC Championship to secure their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.[76] On February 4, 2018, Chung started in Super Bowl LII and made six combined tackles before exiting the game with a concussion.[78] The New England Patriots were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 41–33.[76]

2018[edit]

On March 19, 2018, the New England Patriots signed Chung to a two-year, $7.80 million contract extension with $5.12 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.60 million, keeping him under contract through the 2020 season.[79][14] Chung was also named a team captain for the first time.[80]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOT AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2009 NE 16 37 25 12 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 1
2010 NE 14 96 72 24 0.0 0 0 0 3 96 32 51 1 9
2011 NE 8 62 37 25 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2012 NE 12 44 29 15 0.0 0 0 0 2 27 14 27 0 5
2013 PHI 12 59 39 20 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 NE 16 85 54 31 0.0 0 0 0 1 10 10 10 0 7
2015 NE 15 85 52 33 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2016 NE 16 91 52 39 1.0 0 0 0 1 4 4 4 0 3
2017 NE 16 84 71 13 0.0 0 2 0 1 30 30 30 0 9
Total 125 643 431 212 4.0 1 2 0 10 169 16.9 51 1 51

[81]

Personal life[edit]

Chung is of partial Chinese Jamaican descent. Chung's mother, Sophia George-Chung, is a Jamaican reggae artist who was popular in the 1980s. His father, Ronald Chung, was a music producer and Sophia's manager.[82][83]

Chung had his first child, Taj James Chung, on September 18, 2010.[2]

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