In the second in a series of video segments from our annual Patriots Draft Special, ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Tedy Bruschi and Trevor Matich discuss the impact Adrian Wilson will have on the Patriots’ defense and what Aqib Talib has added to the defensive backfield (embedded above):
* Reiss on Wilson’s impact: “One word: toughness. I don’t even know if he’ll be a starting safety in the base defense, but when you consider the spread passing game is so prevalent, the Patriots were in a sub defense with 5 or 6 defensive backs 57 percent of the time last season. If he’s your top sub defensive back he’s a 57 percent playtime player. He brings you toughness. In my opinion, that is a big ingredient that has held this team back in some of those big time playoff games. He brings attitude ... Not the same ability as Rodney Harrison from where Harrison came here in 2003, but I think that’s an ingredient the coaching staff did want to add this offseason.”
* Bruschi on the trickle-down effect of adding Wilson and re-signing Talib: “If Wilson does man that strong safety spot at times and with the signing of Talib, Devin McCourty gets to stay at safety. You’ve got to leave him one place. Do you know how hard it is to play safety one down and be asked to play cornerback the next down? That’s hard to do.