One of the more interesting personnel adjustments made by the Patriots today was Vince Wilfork moving out to defensive end, and Mike Wright taking over at nose tackle — A development specific to the opponent New England had.
With massive left tackle Jake Long to deal with, the Patriots decided it would make more sense to fight power with power. And it worked out alright, with Wilfork getting some help from his buddy Ty Warren.
“We talked all week about little techniques and stuff like that,” Wilfork said. “Last time Vince played out there, as he mentioned, as long as he did today was high school.”
Warren got reps at nose tackle as a rookie, and even got a few snaps there against Tampa Bay. It’s not a different game from one spot to the other, but there are some subtleties to keep in mind.
“The nose, things happen a lot quicker than it does on the ends,” Warren said. “I played a little nose against Tampa last week, it’s just happens a lot quicker, and you’re probably subject to get cut a little more than you would on the end, on the backside. And on a fumble, it’s a little dirtier.
But Warren knew Wilfork would be able to handle because “Vince is a competitor. Whatever challenge you put in front of him, he’s looking to try to master it.”