When Vince Wilfork participated in organized team activities during the spring, it was a bit of a surprise, considering he was coming back from the torn Achilles he suffered last season.
It was a good sign that Wilfork was ready to get back to football. With today being the first day of training camp, everyone wanted to know: How do you feel Vince?
“I feel fine. Throughout all season and just working hard,” Said Wilfork “I’m pretty sure there’s going to still be some stuff that I may need to do so, so far so good. I’m not looking back. I’m looking forward. I’m just excited to be here.” - via Patriots.com
That sediment resonates with his teammates. Wilfork is not only a leader in the locker room and the field, now in the tail end of a successful career, there is the sense that Wilfork will mentor those moving up the depth chart.
“Every year we try to make a smooth transition and be able to do a real good job of teaching guys how we play,” Said Wilfork “How we do things around here. It won’t be hard for those guys to catch on. They’ve been doing a real good job; haven’t had any problems out of anybody. Everybody is excited.”
The landscape of the Patriots defense has drastically changed since Wilfork was on the field last year: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Will Smith are some of the big name additions. With these new players, expectations are high. It comes down to team building and trying to find the chemistry.
“Right now we’re trying to put it all together so we can gel together. That’s what camp is for is to build a team, build a defense, build your offense, the whole team coming together, when it’s time to play against one another, compete at a high level,” explained Wilfork. “I think we have guys that compete at a high level in practice. I think that’s one of the biggest things that’s going to help us as a team is when we come out and you see Tom Brady competing and getting pissed off that he threw an incomplete pass and you see Jerod Mayo or Darrelle Revis mad because somebody caught a pass, that’s competition.”