Patriots' defensive line status up in the air while injuries mend

There was something wrong even before his Achilles tendon snapped like a taut rubber band.Prior to the 2013 season, Vince Wilfork had missed a total of six games in nine years, amassing 323 solo tackles and disrupting three times as many plays before they even had a chance to get started - his girth not so impressive at times as what he could do despite his size, his unique athleticism...
Via Foxborough Free Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga still battling for roster spots

Will both Sealver Siliga and Chris Jones be on the Patriots roster come September?It's no secret that the NFL has a "what have you done for me lately" mentality. Past contributions are no guarantee of future performance, and no team has embraced that cut-throat team-building philosophy more than the Patriots.For that reason, defensive tackles Chris Jones and Sealver...
Via Patriots Life
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Sealver Siliga Could Be Vince Wilfork’s Perfect Backup For Patriots (Mailbag)

Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo’s season-ending injuries ravaged the New England Patriots’ defensive depth in 2013, but there could be a silver lining to those losses in the future. Defensive tackles Sealver Siliga and Chris Jones and linebacker Jamie Collins received increased playing time last season after Wilfork and Mayo went down. Those young players will need to be counted...
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Reloading the Musket - Part 7: Stout run stuffers, edge-setters the need for Patriots' defensive line

There is much conjecture among fans and media surrounding the needs for the New England Patriots along their defensive line, but a brief look at the struggles of last season tells one all they need to know about the true needs.Of all the season-ending injuries suffered by the defense last season, the loss of Vince Wilfork to a torn Achilles tendon in the week four win at Atlanta...
Via Foxborough Free Press
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 remaining free agents: Defense

Williams is the best player left in a thin crop of defensive free agentsWe took a look at the top 5 remaining free agents on offense earlier today, now lets take a look at the top five remaining free agents on the defensive side of the ball. It's a good thing the Patriots struck early with their defensive moves, because there isn't a lot left here. Nevertheless, here are...
Via Patriots Life
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What should the Patriots do if Vince Wilfork leaves?

The New England Patriots had a glaring hole in 2013: the middle of the defense. With the loss of defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly along with middle linebacker Jerod Mayo to season-ending injuries the Patriots struggled in rush defense. Without Kelly and Wilfork manning the middle of the defensive line, the Patriots made due with undrafted rookie free agent Joe Vellano...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots target a linebacker in free agency?

The 2013 season in New England was marked by significant injuries at all three levels of the defense. Season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Aqib Talib robbed the unit of steady leadership and solid play. Towards the end of the season we saw many young players step into the void created by the veterans. Young standouts ranged from Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon, to...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots rookie review: DTs Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Sealver Siliga |

New England Patriots rookie review: DTs Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Sealver Siliga |
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' 2013 Free Agents: The good, the not-so-bad, and the ugly

Mid-season pick up Sealver Siliga was perhaps the best in a good class of Patriots' free agentsAt the beginning of the regular season, the New England Patriots had one of the most talented and deepest rosters in the National Football League...But by the time midseason rolled around, they had lost several starters to injury - both season ending and chronic - blown through...
Via Patriots Life
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

For Sealver Siliga, Conference Championship games filled with familiar faces

Charles Trainor Jr/ Miami HeraldThere will be no love lost for Sealver Siliga when he takes the field in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos. That's because the Broncos are one of the three teams left in the playoffs to have recently moved on from the third year defensive tackle.After going undrafted in 2011, Siliga was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco...
Via Patriots Life
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Unheralded players help Pats to AFC title game

On paper, this New England team doesn't measure up to others Bill Belichick has taken to AFC championship games. On the field, though, unheralded players replacing missing stars filled major roles to get the Patriots to where they are now - a win away from their second Super Bowl in three years. ''It doesn't really matter how a player gets to the New England Patriots...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Sealver Siliga: Patriots Have Given Opportunity That Broncos, 49ers, Seahawks Didn’t

FOXBORO, Mass. — Success follows New England Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga. Siliga was initially signed out of The University of Utah as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. The defensive tackle was cut out of training camp and signed on with the Denver Broncos for two years before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in training camp this season...
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Film Room: Denver Broncos’ Run Game Can Be Contained

The New England Patriots will have a hard time looking back at the film of their Week 12 victory over the Denver Broncos to find clues on how to win on Sunday. A lot has changed since these two teams met back in November. The Broncos have lost linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Chris Harris and defensive end Derek Wolfe but gained tight end Julius Thomas. The Patriots have lost...
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sealver Siliga is playing with a chip on his shoulder

When the Patriots sent a 4th round draft pick to Philadelphia at this year' trading deadline, the player they got in return was supposed to step in and fill the void in the center of the Patriots' D-line. We all knew that player, Isaac Sopoaga, was not as talented as Vince wilfork and Tommy Kelly, the players he was replacing. But few could have anticipated that now Sopoaga...
Via Patriots Life
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Made Out Like Bandits in Trade With Vikings Out of First Round of 2013 NFL Draft (Mailbag)

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s amazing how things can change during the course of an NFL season. Of the 53 players on the New England Patriots’ active roster, eight didn’t even spend training camp with the team. Tight ends Matthew Mulligan and D.J. Williams, guard Chris Barker, defensive linemen Andre Carter, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga and Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker...
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Forethoughts On The Playoffs: Fifth Quarter 2013

On the cusp of 2014, time to take a look back at another year of double-digit wins for New England, another first-round bye, and another year as AFC East Champs. Considering all that happened in 2013, 12-4′s not too shabby. To review the fourth quarter of the regular season, the Patriots had a near-impossible 27-26 comeback win vs. Cleveland (including their first recovered on...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

LeGarrette Blount, Sealver Siliga Among Five Stars of Patriots-Bills Game

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots won a wet and wild one against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It wasn’t pretty, but New England clinched a first-round playoff bye with the victory. LeGarrette Blount was the star of the game with 334 total yards. It wasn’t Tom Brady‘s strongest game, but he got the job done, throwing for 122 yards with a touchdown and interception...
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Run Defense Strings Together Third Straight Impressive Performance With Sealver Siliga at Nose Tackle

It turns out the Patriots needed a traditional nose tackle, after all. After Vince Wilfork went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, New England tried to get by with Joe Vellano and Chris Jones, two undersized defensive tackles known more for their ability to get after the passer than taking on double teams. Since switching back to a four-man front and inserting nose tackle Sealver...
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Hats and T-Shirts: Week 16 Risers/Fallers

As amazing as the pulse-pounding wins over the Saints, Broncos, and Browns were, there was something uniquely gratifying about yesterday's victory over the Ravens.  And sweet as it was, getting revenge over the Ravens wasn't the reason that the win was so satisfying eitiher.  Even the hats and t-shirts, which were technically wrapped up prior to kick-off aren't what...
Via Foxboro Blog
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Snaps: CB Logan Ryan leads way--ESPN Boston

Snaps: CB Logan Ryan leads way--ESPN Boston: Here’s a look at the defensive snap counts, via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston: CB Logan Ryan — 71 of 73 DE Rob Ninkovich — 70 of 73 CB Aqib Talib — 70 of 73 LB Dont’a Hightower — 68 of 73 DE Chandler Jones — 68 of 73 CB Kyle Arrington — 65 of 73 S Steve Gregory — 65 of 73 DT Chris Jones — 57 of 73 DT Sealver...
Via Pats 360
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Sealver Siliga has an Opportunity to Make a Name for Himself

The Patriots have tried a couple of players at defensive tackle after losing both starters for the year in Vince Wifork and Tommy Kelly. The team has responded by playing rookies Chris Jones and Joe Vellano, along with trading for Isaac Sopoaga. However, in recent weeks, practice squad player Sealver Siliga has been given an opportunity to finally get some meaningful playing time...
Via Ex Pats
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Sealver Siliga has an Opporutnity to Make a Name for Himself

The Patriots have tried a couple of players at defensive tackle after losing both starters for the year in Vince Wifork and Tommy Kelly. The team has responded by playing rookies Chris Jones and Joe Vellano, along with trading for Isaac Sopoaga. However, in recent weeks, practice squad player Sealver Siliga has been given an opportunity to finally get some meaningful playing time...
Via Ex Pats
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Isaac Sopoaga Not Having Much Impact On Field, but Veteran’s Influence Being Felt on Sideline, in Locker Room

FOXBORO, Mass. — At face value, it appears the trade for Isaac Sopoaga has not worked out for the Patriots. New England acquired the veteran defensive tackle along with a sixth-round pick from the Eagles for a fifth-rounder. He was expected to step in at nose tackle for the injured Vince Wilfork, but as the season has went along, Sopoaga’s snaps have dwindled. After playing...
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Run Defense No Longer Weak Spot Thanks to Sealver Siliga, Switch to 4-3

It appeared the Patriots had bamboozled the Eagles when they traded a fifth-round pick for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-rounder. It turns out, New England may not have needed to pull off that deal to fix its run defense, which had struggled since defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly were lost with season-ending injuries. In a much more low-profile move...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Have No One to Blame For Loss to Dolphins But Themselves, Continue to Struggle in Road Games

The Patriots only had one fourth-quarter comeback in them on Sunday. The miracle finishes had to end at some point. After a disappointing third quarter, New England put together a 16-play, seven-minute drive to cut the Dolphins’ lead to 17-13. After the defense forced a three and out, Tom Brady came back on the field and needed just six plays and under three minutes for the go...
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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