All signs are positive on Wilfork so far. Really quite impressive considering the injury and his size. Let’s hope there are no setbacks.
Vince Wilfork: Young Defensive Linemen ‘Grew a Lot’ in 2013 - Extra Points - Boston.com
There were some major headlines this offseason for the Patriots at the defensive tackle position. The first was Vince Wilfork restructuring his contract after a somewhat acrimonious beginning in February.
Tommy Kelly did the same and, along with the first-round selection of the explosive Dominique Easley in the first round of the draft, the Pats have some promise in the front middle of their front seven.
The Pats still have some questions at the position, but if everyone is healthy it might just be one of the deepest and most talented spots on the roster.
Here’s our defensive tackle preview.
There’s nothing like the gut punch of the random guys who end up on the PUP list to start training camp. The Pats have multiple guys coming off ACL injuries this year - Gronk, Easley, Kelly and Will Smith, along with Vince Wilfork’s Achilles. Those are major injuries and it wouldn’t be out of the question for the Pats to hold them out in the early days of camp.
There’s also the notion of winning the war, not the early season battles. As much as you’d love to see all of these guys out there in Week 1, it’s important to make sure they’re fully ready to go in January.
There’s also a certain advantage to having a couple guys on the PUP list to start the season to open up some extra roster spots. Brandon Browner’s suspension provides a little advantage in that regard as well.
Good recap of where we’re at with two of the most important players on the Pats’ roster. So many unknowns this year with all the young guys and those returning from injury. Fully expect there to be plenty of players to start training camp on the PUP list.
Not sure I agree that Pats “prefer” the 3-4 defense anymore. They don’t have a true Mike linebacker on the roster, especially if Hightower is playing OLB as mentioned. They tried to run the 3-4 without a true Mike in 2009 (hello Gary Guyton) and we all remember what happened against the Ravens.