Monday, April 30, 2012
You Might Have Forgotten About Him But Gerard Warren Is Still Here
No lie, when I read that Gerard Warren was re-signing with the Patriots, it made me think "he was on the team last season?" To my surprise, he played in 12 games last season as a reserve and had 12 tackles with a sack.
I'm not going to bash the guy since he's been a pro the last two seasons in New England. He's 33-years-old which is pretty long in the tooth but defensive tackle isn't the most athletic position which means that blobs like him can be durable compared to skilled position spots where you take many more rougher hits in a short period of time.
With Kyle Love and Myron Pryor in front of him, not to mention Vince Wilfork who is one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, Warren figures to not see much of the field this season. There is also Ron Brace but he has been nothing but a bust since he was drafted so I'm done expecting anything from him. Pryor was out for almost all of last season though so it wouldn't be a shock to see Warren out there again this season.
Keep in mind too that New England didn't draft any new defensive linemen (only defensive ends) in the 2012 NFL Draft this past weekend so unless they sign more guys this summer, it looks like this group is set for the most part.
UPDATE 5/1: Other undrafted rookies signed yesterday by the Pats included Iowa offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, Miami defensive lineman Marcus Forston and South Florida guard Jeremiah Warren.