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Sometimes, all a player needs is a change to make his mark. The New England Patriots are hoping that’s the case with Bill Murray.

The 25-year-old was originally signed by the Patriots in 2021 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of William & Mary as a defensive lineman. New England is working on switching Murray to the other side of the football this offseason.

Why Was Bill Murray Switched From Offense to Defense?

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked why the team elected to move Murray from defense to offense.

“Thought he’d be a good fit over there,” Belichick told reporters Thursday. “He has a lot of good traits we look for in an offensive lineman. We’ve talked about it before at other points in time during his career and just felt like this is a good opportunity for him.”

Murray is listed at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, and according to him, he hasn’t had to put on weight up to now. There is a good chance he’s a little heftier now that the team is attempting to make him an offensive lineman. Finding a player in the NFL who plays the O-Line at less than 300 pounds is tough.

Perhaps Murray hasn’t gained weight because the Patriots would still like to maintain the flexibility to move him back to the defensive line if needed. Belichick said he believed that was possible based on Murray’s intelligence and understanding of their defensive philosophy.

Belichick hints Murray could even play on both sides of the ball.

“And maybe somewhere along the line there’s some type of combination, but right now he’s an offensive lineman and we’ve worked him there exclusively,” Belichick said.

How Has Bill Murray Handled the Switch?

If Murray fails in his attempt to make the 53-man roster as an offensive lineman, it won’t be because of a lack of effort. Murray told reporters while wearing the No. 62 jersey, “I’m going to give it everything I got.” He mentioned, “it’s a whole new position; it’s very tough.”

Murray said he was excited about the opportunity, but he clearly understands this change probably gives him his best chance at making the roster.

Murray has had to get into position mentally and physically for this new assignment.

Who Else Might Be Affected By the Switch?

Based on Murray’s answers and his focus on fundamentals, it doesn’t appear that Murray is a major threat to unseat guys ahead of him on the depth chart before this change. He’s still learning the basics of being an offensive lineman.

As someone potentially tasked with protecting the Patriots’ franchise quarterback Mac Jones, Murray isn’t likely to be on the field until he’s absolutely ready.

Does This Improve Murray’s Chances of Making the 53-Man Roster?

Barring a massive jump in understanding what’s expected of him as an offensive lineman, Murray doesn’t seem like a guy destined to make the 53-man roster this year–at least not in that role alone. However, the Patriots coaching staff obviously likes him and believes in his football character. If that weren’t the case, he probably wouldn’t have been allowed to switch positions. It also should be recognized Belichick mentioned the possibility of Murray playing on both sides of the ball.

Murray may secure a spot on the practice squad as he had last season, if nothing else. The Patriots seem likely to continue to try to develop him into a productive, NFL-level offensive lineman.

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I will have to go hungry so I can pay my energy bills – without electricity my boy will die

A CARER has told how she will have to go hungry to pay for electricity for equipment that keeps her boy alive.

Isaac Blake, nine, suffers with Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome - which requires 24/7 care and specialist equipment to keep him alive.

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His guardian, Maxine Rothchester has been taking care of the young lad since he was just eight months old.

But she now fears how she and Isaac, who weighs just 11kg, will cope as the cost of living soars.

Maxine told Sky News: "I, like a lot of parents with children who need this equipment, am terrified.

"The equipment that we need is not a choice - it's life for Isaac.

"He has a lift to get upstairs, we have a bath that goes up and down, we have a profiling bed, he's on oxygen 24/7 - that's run by a machine. Every aspect of his life is controlled by electricity."

It comes as energy bills are set to rise for millions later this year as the cost of living crisis hits consumers pockets.

Maxine said: "I have noticed them change already.

"We're probably spending about £30 a week more than we were. I don't quite know how we are going to cope when it all goes up again. 

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“Because the money coming in is going to stay the same (but) the money going out is going to be a lot more."

Isaac has the mental of a newborn, and relies on Maxine 24/7 everyday of the year.

It means she can not work, and must rely on Universal Credit and help from the NHS.

Energy bill help if you're struggling

There are schemes offered by suppliers, local councils, charities and the government that could help.

If you're struggling with energy costs or other bills there are plenty of organisations where you can seek advice for free, including:

  • National Debtline - 0808 808 4000
  • Step Change - 0800 138 1111
  • Citizens Advice - 0808 800 9060

You should speak to your energy supplier in the first instance as they have schemes in place to help with bills and arrears, including hardship funds and grants.

Your local council may also be able to help with cash and grants if you are struggling with bills through the Household Support Scheme.

Every household will start to benefit from a £400 energy bill discount from October onwards.

You might get an extra payment too if you're on benefits or disabled.

And on a prepayment meter you could get a one-off £50 voucher to top up.

Check out The Sun's full guide on all the energy bill help you can get.

She explained: "Yes, we do get disability living allowance, but that's supposed to be there to cover things for Isaac like play equipment. 

“It's not meant to pay the household bills, which is what it'll end up going on."

She added: "I'm not asking for much, I'm just asking for help with power to keep my little boy alive."

Earlier this week, energy analysts revealed bills could hit £5,300 next year. 

And The Sun revealed how fatcat bosses will earn £15million as Brits choose between heating and eating.

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