Houston Texans Positional Breakdown: Defensive Line

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork warms up before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Wilfork, Nose Tackle, 6’2″ 325 Pounds, 33 Years Old

Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork, the long time anchor of the New England Patriots defensive line comes to Houston after 12 years and a couple titles with the Patriots. He returns to team up with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, after the two spent some time together in Foxborough.

Some Background Info;

The 21st overall pick out of Miami in 2004 has spent his whole career with the defending champions. He won a Super Bowl in his first season as well as his final season with the Patriots.

After being injured in 2013 and only playing four games, he returned in 2014 and looked to have not missed a step. At 32 years of age he was credited with 47 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception.

The big lane clogger has 516 career tackles 16 sacks, 25 passes knocked down and three interceptions. His versatility and non-stop motor will be a huge plus to the Texans defensive line.

What To Expect This Year;

The fact that he has 16 sacks in 12 years shows that Wilfork is not a guy to get in the backfield and harass a quarterback. What he will do for Houston is stuff the run and take blockers and attention away from the big playmakers like J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

Perhaps the best way Vince will help this team is by mentoring his new back up, nose tackle Louis Nix III, who had a less than impressive rookie campaign last season.

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