Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Patriots
By Mike Reiss
When Patriots players were asked about the most feared player in the NFL, one common thread was that there was a significant pause before answering. There wasn't a decisive response, an obvious answer, like some of the other categories in the NFL Nation Confidential survey (more results to come throughout the month).
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh came up in discussion a few times and is a solid choice, but Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt actually had more momentum at the time. Part of that could have been the Patriots and Texans played on Dec. 1, so it was fresh on the minds of many. Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, whose downhill hard-hitting style fires up teammates, also drew a mention.
When I think of feared players, it's those who walk the fine line between legal/illegal and seem to show a general disregard for player safety. That's why I thought Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather could have been a good choice. Bengals linebacker James Harrison also would have qualified.
As noted by follower @sportsmentalist on Twitter, anyone following the Patriots couldn’t go wrong with safety Bernard Pollard atop this list, as he’s been involved in some of the more significant injuries to Patriots players in recent years, including Tom Brady’s torn ACL in 2008.