DEFENSIVE TACKLES: Wilfork back for more

DEFENSIVE TACKLES: Wilfork back for more
July 11, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Each day until the start of training camp Mary Paoletti will preview a position on the Patriots. Yesterday, she previewed the linebackers. Today it's the defensive tackles. Check back in tomorrow for defensive ends.

Returning:
Vince Wilfork - 10th season
Marcus Forston - 1st season

Incoming:
Tommy Kelly - 10th season
Armond Armstead - 1st season
Joe Vellano - Rookie

News of note: Vince Wilfork, long-time anchor of the Patriots defense, is back for more. Though he no longer has Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick to work with, the Patriots did bring in a veteran with more NFL experience -- combined -- than the two tackles sent packing. Tommy Kelly might be 32-years old, but he's durable; the tackle started 16 regular season games in six of the last seasons in Oakland.

Armond Armstead is another option to start on the other side of Wilfork. A free agent pickup out of the CFL, Armstead showed his ability to bother quarterbacks in 2012 by racking up six sacks and 43 tackles with the Toronto Argonauts. If he doesn't earn a starting spot, the 6-5, 290-pounder could be used as an interior pass rusher.

Marcus Forston knows his way around Foxboro after yo-yoing from New England's 53-man roster, to the practice squad, and back to the active roster again. He will be fighting for more security this season.

Former Maryland Terrapin Joe Vellano is undersized by NFL standards at 6-2, 285-pounds. Size may have been why he went undrafted, but could he end up a bargain for defensive tackle depth? Perhaps. He's not exactly facing an overwhelming amount of competition.