It may be early, well, extremely early, but the site of Vince Wilfork on the practice field has to make Patriots fans and management happy campers.
Wilfork took part in 11-on-11 drills earlier this week, a great sign as to his healing from his ruptured Achilles tendon. Many wonder as to what the big man can offer to the Patriots this season, and there was much speculation about whether or not he was going to even return to the club.
But the game tape doesn’t lie. When he is healthy, there may not be a bigger difference-maker on defense for New England. Darrelle Revis may have an opinion on that subject, but before this season at least, Wilfork was the biggest (literally) piece on what the team wants to do on defense.
Reports from his 11-on-11 experience have been positive. Players and observers took away that he is healthy in the sense that he has shown no signs of playing at a lower gear and doesn’t seem hesitant on his feet, something very normal for players coming off such an injury.
Pats fans can exhale (for now) as Wilfork is a big part of this now very talented defense that will need to stop Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the upcoming 2014-2015 AFC Championship Game. I mean let’s face it, as of right now, these two teams are on the collision course for a playoffs-rematch. Any time you can have a guy the size of Vince Wilfork on your side of any kind of collision, you are more than likely going to come out on the good side of that scenario.