The prized free agent of the 2015 season, Houston Texans nose tackle, Vince Wilfork, has been a presence both on the field and in the locker room. After a slow start to last season, Wilfork picked up the slack midway through 2015. playing like a true nose tackle by keeping offensive lineman off of Brian Cushing and Benardrick McKinney.
Bill O’Brien likes what the seasoned veteran Wilfork brings to the Texans.
“He’s a good leader in the locker room,” said O’Brien. “He played really well for us, especially down the stretch. He played some really good football for us down the stretch the last half of the season.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/texans/story/1654445-texans-know-health-is-key-... In 16 starts, Wilfork tallied 22 tackles as nose tackle, doing the majority of his work in the base defense. The Texans had Wilfork playing a high number of snaps to start the season but backed off of him later in the year, cutting his snaps down dramatically to help him perform better in games.
“He’s out there every day at practice. That’s one thing that really stood out to me about this guy,“ explained O’Brien. “This is a guy that’s going into his 12th year playing nose guard and he’s out there every day at practice. I think he’s 35, 36 years old. The guy’s a tough guy and a good guy.”
Penciled in to be the starting nose tackle once again in 2016, Wilfork can probably expect the team to bring in a younger nose tackle for him to groom this coming season.