After a stellar first quarter to the season, we were left with no choice but to get a Talib shirt up at the The Prop Shop immediately. We’re offering a pre-sale as the shirts are printed, so order one now and you’ll get $3 off. We’ll get them shipped as soon as they’re minted, in about ten days.
Order now, I’m sure these are going to be gone faster than a wide receiver’s catch totals after being manned up by Aqib.
I’ve been letting it sink in all morning that Vince Wilfork is likely done for the season after tearing his achilles. In some ways losing Wilfork like this almost felt inevitable. One of the big themes I hit on all offseason was bringing in more defensive tackle help to ease the burden on big Vince.
Let’s look at the percentages of snaps Wilfork has played over the last four seasons:
That’s a lot of wear and tear on a man of his size, and it’s hard not to wonder if all that playing time finally caught up with him. It was clear that Wilfork was already playing with some kind of injury this year and that diminished his effectiveness. How much that had to do with this final achilles year is hard to say right now.
So where do the Pats go from here? There’s no question of Wilfork’s value to the defense and his ability to dominate the interior of the line. The lack of depth at defensive tackle has also been well discussed.
Tommy Kelly becomes the main guy inside, which I feel a lot better about than I would’ve had it been Kyle Love or Brandon Deaderick last year. Joe Vellano has held up pretty well inside, and it seems likely that Marcus Forston will get the call up from the practice squad. Rookie Chris Jones could contribute as well.
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