March 21, 2013

Patriots' secondary seemingly sounder with Wilson

The five-time Pro Bowl safety should complement Aqib Talib in the defensive backfield.

The Associated Press

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Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) levels Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson during the first half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz., in October. With Wilson at strong safety, the New England Patriots have a new physical presence in the secondary. The newly signed Wilson, who spent the last 12 seasons with the Cardinals, signed with the Patriots as a free agent.

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Adrian Wilson,  Early Doucet
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Adrian Wilson has flown the Cardinals’ nest for what he thinks is an opportunity to play the remainder of his NFL career with the contending Patriots.

The Associated Press

The Patriots' pass defense improved when they moved Devin McCourty to safety from cornerback after the sixth game. Steve Gregory started at the other safety spot for all but the four games he missed due to injury.

It got even better once Talib arrived and was able to provide one-on-one coverage against top receivers.

Wilson had visits to other teams set up after being released but felt they wouldn't compete for the Super Bowl. And he said it was "a difficult situation" leaving his only pro team, especially after he took a pay cut to stay with the Cardinals before last season.

But he's only 33 years old and has a much better chance to win a championship even if he has "zero connections" with any of his new teammates.

"I feel like that's a good thing because you can start fresh and you can let the guys understand what type of player you are and what type of person that you are," Wilson said. "We're all trying to get to the same goal and that's to win a Super Bowl.

"That's the only thing that I'm coming to do."

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