Strength in numbers for Pats' defensive line


Strength in numbers for Pats' defensive line

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
MIAMI GARDENS - While members of the Dolphins defense were sucking wind Monday night, the space-eaters along the front of the Patriots defensive line seemed, comparatively, fresh as a daisy. The very deep rotation the Patriots employed Monday night allowed them to get the most out of their big men despite the heat in South Florida. "Heat always plays a factor on both sides of the ball," said Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. "You could just see tonight, our offense with the up-tempo slowed their defense a little bit. With the number of bodies we have here (on the defensive line), a lot of people played today, we kept guys fresh. We havent had that in the past but we have it now and I think we'll use that to our advantage and I think that wasa good thing for us."Newcomeer Albert Haynesworth was sucking wind in the Patriots' final preseason game against the Giants. It was the only one in which Haynesworthplayed. He looked in better condition Mondaynight in his in-and-out appearances. "I played a good bit," Haynesworth pointed out. "I knew we were going to rotate a lot to keep us fresh so, I liked it. I liked it a lot. I liked the rotation to keep us fresh and keep us going. They want you to not be out there half-assed. They want you to go your hardest for how many plays you can. Then when you can't go your hardest, you come out and catch your breath and get back to where you can go your hardest again and go back in. It was a great feel."Aside from Haynesworth and Wilfork, the Patriots also rolled in Myron Pryor and Kyle Love at the defensive tackle spots. Mike Wright started the game but was out by the second quarter and was on the sidelines without his helmet. Wright,who suffered a concussion last year,told me after the game he was "fine" but that the medical staff took his helmet away to prevent him from going backas a "precaution." Shaun Ellis, Andre Carter and Mark Anderson were among those rotating in at ends in the 4-3. "The good thing about it is everybody know what they're doing," said Wilfork. "You don't have anybody out there don't know what the heck they're doing and that's a positive for us. That's one of the things we have working for us this year is that we have a lot of depth and we want to use it. We have a lot of good football players and we're going to continue to use it. It makes it harder for our opponent to game plan for us. If they wear one set out, guess what? We got another set coming in."Asked how having Haynesworth lined up next to him impacted his game, Wilfork replied, "Well, can't double too many people."

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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