By Phil Perry
Matt Light checked into WEEI on Friday to chat with our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Steve DeOssie. Light hit on all things Pats, including Albert Haynesworth's potential for dominance.
Count Light among those who believe that, when motivated, Haynesworth can be a game-changing force on the defensive line.
"We knew he was a big man," said Light. "Very powerful up front. Look, when he has his motor rolling and he's ready to go, he's a guy that not many can stop."
There's always that little qualifier with Haynesworth, isn't there? Any explanation of the veteran defensive tackle's skill set is usually preceded by something like "when he has his motor rolling," or "when he wants to."
Light, who recalled his offensive linemates having a heck of a time trying to block Haynesworth when the defensive tackle was in Tennessee, came just short of calling his new 6-foot-6 335-pound teammate unstoppable . . . when he's motivated.
"When he does what he does," said Light, "I'm not sure you can compare that to anything. And I'm not 100 percent sure there's anybody out there who can stop it. You just try to weather the storm. You're not trying to avoid him as an offensive lineman. You can't."
High praise from Light, who at 6-4, 305 pounds, is a pretty powerful man in his own right.
With the Patriots first game just a week away, only time will tell whether or not talk of Haynesworth's potential will finally be drowned out by accounts of the real live football plays he makes on the field.