Thanks to @OliverBThomas for sending this video my way. Great flashback when even Mike Mayock was stumped by the Patriots’ selection of Tavon Wilson. I think a lot of people underestimate Wilson, but he should have every chance to start at safety this year.
As it stands, the Patriots are planning to go with Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson as the starting safeties and they have a strong belief in the duo. The team has confidence that Wilson progressed enough last season, and will take the expected leap to Year 2. However, it can’t be discounted that the team really has other plans at safety — league sources believe the Patriots will try for Ed Reed of the Ravens at about $5 million per season.
[T]he Patriots’ safety play was again atrocious in Buffalo (what is it about this place?). Bad angles, bad reads, bad tackling, bad coverage….just bad for far too long in his game. Thought Patrick Chung had a really rough game, but it was interesting that after Donald Jones’ 86-yard touchdown where Chung took a bad angle and Steve Gregory provided zero last-line defense, that it was Gregory that was sent to the bench for Tavon Wilson. It appeared like Gregory only played in the dime package after that. Wilson played 34 of 69 snaps while Gregory had 49. Not sure if Gregory had an injury that had to be managed – he had a quad issue in the preseason – but in my opinion, the coaches have been looking for an excuse to play Wilson more. He could be headed for a starters’ role.
We thought Tavon Wilson might be headed for a tight end-killer role, and he’s delivering on that. He’s providing excellent coverage, including a pass breakup when Brady tried to find Gronkowski in the end zone.
Good to see some positive talk about Tavon Wilson, the man that stumped just about every draft pundit when the Pats took him in the second round. Looking forward to seeing him in some game action next week!
The second-round draft choice from Illinois is keeping pace with the workload at this point. “Good, good,” Belichick said when asked about how Wilson is handling the workload. “I think he’s been on a steady course since he got here. Tavon works hard, he’s very attentive, he asks good questions, he really pays attention, and he’s a hard-working kid — both on and off the field. Steady improvement, a long way to go, tough position to play, and a tough position to transition into because of all the different things in the passing game and formations and matchups and all those type of things that vereran safeties would recognize; where the advantage of the matchup is to the offense, and what we can do about it schematically, or in terms of anticipation, and by formation and so forth. I think he’s coming along. As long as we can keep making progress, and keep heading in the right direction, I think it will eventually come together for a lot of these young guys.”
Tavon works hard. He’s very attentive, he asks good questions, he really pays attention and he’s a hard working kid, both on and off the field. Steady improvement, long way to go, tough position to play and a tough position to transition into because of all the different things in the passing game and formations and matchups, all those type of things that veteran safeties would recognize - where the advantage of the matchup is to the offense and what we can do about it schematically or what we can do about it in terms of anticipation by formation and so forth.
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