Patriots Postseason Grades: Defensive Line

While linebackers and defensive backs are fun to watch, it all starts in the trenches with the big boys. While the Patriots linemen played well, they didn’t open big enough holes for the linebackers to apply pressure the quarterback. Whether that was due to poor OLB play is up for debate.

Richard Seymour: A
A return to dominance once again. Although he was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, Seymour commanded that sort of attention this year.

Vince Wilfork: A
I’ll chip in a few dollars if that is what it will take to resign this template of a 3-4 nose tackle.

Ty Warren: B
Was still stout against the run when healthy, but failed to apply as much direct pressure to the quarterback as he had in the past.

Jarvis Green: B
A great situational pass-rusher that can step in on first and second down when needed.

Mike Wright: B
Solid backup for big Vince who routinely creates disruption when he is in the game.

LeKevin Smith: C+
A solid year for Smith, who saw more time than usual due to a rash of injuries during the year.

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One Response to “Patriots Postseason Grades: Defensive Line”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Vince Wilfork is key to this defense

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