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FOXBOROUGH — During a visit to Patriots training camp, as Tom Brady was engulfed by dozens of media members and other players were filing slowly back into Gillette Stadium after another long practice, Paul Vellano Sr. noticed his son still on the field, getting one-on-one time with Vince Wilfork.
Paul was struck by the scene, seeing Wilfork reaching back and extending a hand to Joe, and took it as a hopeful sign that his son might have a chance of sticking with New England.
Not only did Joe earn a roster spot, he’s played every game, and now finds himself thrust into the spotlight as one of the players charged with filling the sizable on-field void left from Wilfork’s season-ending injury.