July 29, 2012

Wilfork's weight loss could be Patriots' gain

Vince Wilfork, in his best shape ever, sets the tone for a defense that needs to improve over last year.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Vince Wilfork
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Vince Wilfork is part of a New England defense that was almost dead last in the NFL last year, but allocated seven veteran free agents and five draft picks to defense this year.

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Jones likes the way the rookies have bonded. "We kind of all knew each other before," he said, noting that he played against some and met others at the rookie combine. "I was following them on Twitter before we even got drafted. The bond was already there and now it's just a matter of time before we get that trust out on the field."

The new arrivals certainly make the defense younger and more athletic. What that means remains to be seen.

"It's going to be an improving thing every day where we're just trying to get better," said Matt Patricia, the new defensive coordinator. "I think, in general, we're just going to try to go out and run our defense and evolve it every day."

The Patriots have to be better defensively. The Patriots' last two trips to the Super Bowl have ended with crushing last-second losses to the New York Giants when the defense couldn't hold the lead. In between, there was a non-playoff season (when Brady suffered his season-ending knee injury in the first game) and stunning home playoff losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.

Wilfork never likes to look too far ahead, but he is excited about the defensive prospects.

"My goal is to give my all to this team," he said. "Hopefully (the young guys) can help this ballclub. I'm excited to play with them. I'm very excited. We'll see how it goes."

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