Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/4/12
The Patriots defense has only gotten older in recent years, but the veteran group was able to propel the team to a berth in the Super Bowl game last season. A huge reason for the success of the defense was the incredible play of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork throughout the playoffs. With a player like Wilfork, the Patriots were allowed flexibility throughout their playoff run. His quickness in the open field, substantial lower-body strength, and elite knowledge of offensive schemes anchored the Patriots defense last year. For that, Wilfork was ranked the No. 6 defensive tackle on Bleacher Report's NFL...

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