Re: 2 interesting OTA thoughts
posted at 6/17/2013 3:48 PM EDT
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NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas
2. Adrian Wilson’s Fit Lies Anywhere — As far as 12-year-pros are considered, former Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson looks like he’s got plenty of gasoline left in his tank. As many have divulged, Wilson’s been leading the charge at strong safety. But it’s also worth noting that, per NESN.com’s Luke Hughes, the 6’3”, 230-pound ex-Pro Bowler has even gotten looks as a sub package linebacker and middle linebacker with the first-team defense. The fact that Wilson has been setting the example isn’t surprising, yet it is interesting how he has been utilized in practice.
While he is versatile, he does appear to be the No. 1 candidate to play strong safety right now, even if that means 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson’s role remains the same as a “Money” defensive back in dime situations. In classic Belichick terminology, the Patriots will “do what’s best for the football team.” The younger Wilson has an opportunity to learn from the elder, and that tutelage is valuable.
3. Zach Sudfeld Standing Apart — The Patriots acquired an oft-injured tight end prospect in April, and thus far, the move is paying dividends. No, Zach Sudfeld is not Rob Gronkowski. In fact, he’s a couple months older than him. But like Gronkowski, the Nevada product is massive — 6’7”, 255 pounds — and was downplayed through the draft process due to medical concerns which left him as a sixth-year senior. Sudfeld is now healthy, and with several other Patriots tight ends stuck on the sidelines, the 24-year-old is making the most of his extended workload.
An exceptional blocker and a can’t-miss red zone target, Sudfeld has a lot to offer the Patriots, especially if Gronkowski starts the season the PUP list. Don’t be shocked if the rookie nicknamed “Sunshine” beats out some incumbents for a final roster spot. Then again, it’s June and every player is wearing shorts.
Glad we finally have someone to play that hybrid linebacker/safety spot. BB is gonna have fun playing with that new toy. Its also good to hear Sudfeld is getting some attention. Hopefully hes the real deal.
Agree. I think people who think Wilson is old and done are going to be absolutely stunned with what he provides in and around the line of scrimmage. Or, they won't say anything and then act like what his skill set is, doesn't help us much. lol
It was an example of BB's reputation and the Pats reputation for winners to come and win why Wilson ran in to Foxborough and signed such a low priced deal like that. He flat out wanted to be here. He's already made his money and knows it. Kelly, same thing, but Wilson will do what we haven't had since Rodney left.
BB has been trying to use that Rover LB/S role since 2008 with Tank Williams or Lynch, each of whom were just too slow at that point. Wilson still has his legs.
I am still dubious on Wilson. I thought he slowed last year and is now a part time player. I hope I am wrong, but I still prefer to see TWilson getting the majority of the snaps and having AWilson for 30-40% of the snaps.