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58 Defensive Line Combinations: A 2013 Patriots Personnel Study

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The defensive line of the 2013 Patriots shifted in waves. Its components changed by the week, and in some cases, by the snap. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The 2013 New England Patriots defensive line was one of adaptation.

It was one of many faces and many alignments. And it was one composed of 15 players, forged by attrition.

For the collection of former draft picks and undrafted free agents, waiver claims and veteran free agents, it was about being greater than the sum of their parts. For head coach Bill Belichick, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and position coach Patrick Graham, on the other hand, it was about being interchangeable.

From Week 1 through Week 17, the New England’s defensive line was just that. But its identity remained unknown. There was no true first-team. There was no true base defense.

Its contributors and alignments shifted with each opponent, with each snap. (more…)


Adapting to Attrition: How the Patriots Defense Replaced Vince Wilfork vs. Falcons

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Vince Wilfork’s season-ending Achilles injury has left the Patriots defense in search of answers. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots survived a 30-23 thriller against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. But what will be felt longer than Week 4 win is the loss of All-Pro defensive tackle Vince Wilfork for the season.

In one play, the 31-year-old captain’s season came to an abrupt end with a torn Achilles tendon. In one play, the Patriots defense was forced to move on without its five-time Pro Bowler. And in one play, two undrafted rookie defensive tackles found themselves with big shoes to fill next to veteran Tommy Kelly.

The Patriots defensive front had no choice but to adapt.

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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Military Bowl

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Ryan Otten SJSU Tight End

San Jose State senior Ryan Otten might be the best tight end you’ve never heard of. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

To the casual fan the Military Bowl probably doesn’t pique your interest, I mean how many people look forward to watching San Jose State and Bowling Green play football. However, for NFL personnel and NFL draft fans the game showcases a handful of  draft eligible prospects who will get their last chance to impress scouts as a college football player.

Included in those prospects is one defensive tackle who I believe will be on the Patriots radar in April.

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