I think the DL and DBs are going to be the cornerstones of this team. They have talent and depth at both. VW needs strength to play, not quickness. The Pats have his charts. They would have dropped him if they had major questions, not extended him. My questions with Easley are more with adaptability to the Pats system.
There are literally tens of NFL players with an ACL history. It's like being concerned with a pitcher who's had rotator cuff surgery. So many have come back with great careers. If they don't come back it's not necessarily the surgery. It's the man's ability at that point in his career. A young guy should stand a great chance.
DL spectrum good mix of younger and older players:
Vince Wilfork (6-2, 325): Captain and 11-year veteran
Tommy Kelly (6-6, 310): Another 11-year veteran,
Dominique Easley (6-2, 288): First-round draft choice is coming off two torn ACLs in a span of three seasons, suffered in college
Chris Jones (6-1, 309) Second-year player was claimed on waivers last year and led all Patriots defensive tackles in snaps played in 2013. Best when penetrating.
Sealver Siliga (6-2, 325): After a slow start to his career, the run-stuffer looks like he has built some momentum behind Wilfork.
Joe Vellano (6-2, 300): Hard-working second-year player from Maryland is a lunch-pail type of guy who plays with top effort.
____________________________________________ "Fourth and the size of my d— and we can't get the first down?"Bill Belichick