Found February 19, 2013 on Patriots Life:
The Patriots were fairly sound with regards to their defensive line in the 2012 season. However, most of the unit's success was tailored towards the beginning of the season. Chandler Jones came flying out of the gates to start the year, and was an early favorite for the NFL's AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. DT Vince Wilfork showed the league that he is in the midst of the prime of his career by making the AP All-Pro First Team. Rob Ninkovich was just being Rob Ninkovich; huge plays in clutch moments. Things did not end well though; Jones was never the same after his ankle injury and Wilfork was nearly non-existent in the AFC Championship game. Ninko was the only player who made a big impact in the last couple weeks of the season. Do the Patriots need to make a big free-agent splash to upgrade the D-Line? Absolutely not.... BUT maybe adding another credible veteran wouldn't hurt, particularly at the DT position; Wilfork needs to be able to come of the field at times to ...
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