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Eagles center says Vince Wilfork is as explosive as ever


It is reasonable to wonder if a 32-year-old fat man coming off a season-ending Achilles tear might still be able to play at a high level.

But according to the guy across from him in practice, Vince Wilfork is as explosive as ever.

“I did not notice anything — he was not any slower, or any less explosive, that’s for sure,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said, via Mike Reiss of “As a matter of fact, the first one-on-one he did, I was expecting [something different], and I set him on the line, and he hit me with a good swim move that I wasn’t expecting. So he still has that explosiveness, still looks like the same great player that he’s always been. . . .

“The first thing you notice going against him is that he’s very intelligent. He’s a guy that’s really going to get every edge he can on you, and he’s a guy that has a multiplicity of maneuvers. Everyone thinks he’s a big, powerful guy and he only has one facet to his game, but he’s actually pretty quick for his size and he has great technique, and it felt like the same old guy I’ve been up against before, which is never an easy task.”

If Wilfork is indeed back to being Wilfork, it will be a huge boost for the Patriots defense, which struggled from the inside out last year in his absence.

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22 Responses to “Eagles center says Vince Wilfork is as explosive as ever”
  1. 700levelvet says: Aug 13, 2014 9:34 AM

    Plus… The fat man can dance

  2. 6ball says: Aug 13, 2014 9:45 AM

    After the Patriots lost DT’s Wilfork and Kelly, plus LB Jerod Mayo early in the season, their defense became highly suspect. Late in the year it was not playoff caliber.

  3. nickinneohio says: Aug 13, 2014 9:47 AM

    Wilfork should count as 2 guys on the roster. He’s wide enough to have 3 # on his jersey.

  4. p8riotdynastylives says: Aug 13, 2014 9:48 AM

    great to hear…….go slow Big Vince..its a jog not a sprint!!!!

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 13, 2014 10:02 AM

    Well at least one Eagles player can give an interview about his practice opponents without sounding like a lunatic.

  6. Oh, Steeler Nation! We paved the way for the game at its height, but Goodell and the Goons© have destroyed what we've built. They're terrified of our departure. God's will cannot be stopped. SFL 2015 (after SB #7): restoring our precious game. says: Aug 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    Casey Hampton in retirement> Wilfork

  7. jetsmmt says: Aug 13, 2014 10:06 AM

    Nick Mangold can block this guy in his sleep.

  8. demstinkinbums says: Aug 13, 2014 10:10 AM

    Outside of Williams… Who has sounded like a lunatic? Didn’t the Pats employ ocho-stinko at one point??? Glass houses and all… Ahem!

  9. dcstinks says: Aug 13, 2014 10:14 AM

    Is he eating beans and chili again. Vince is beating the O with Gas powered moves!

  10. phinfan says: Aug 13, 2014 10:55 AM

    Explosive Chilli?

  11. beachsidejames says: Aug 13, 2014 10:57 AM

    Not buying it. A lot better athletes in the league now and they are going to blow by this guy. Just getting out of a bathroom stall looks like a major problem and running quality backs down or going sideline to sideline isn’t going happen. 32 yrs old coming off that injury at that weight in the4th qtr is not exactly going to be explosive.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:00 AM

    Vince in healthy, good shape is the best nose tackle I’ve ever seen.

    Not only does he normally draw and beat double teams on most plays, but I’ve seen him several times over the years literally spread his arms wide and push 3 Olinemen back simultaneously. Not many players in NFL history can take on a triple team and not only win but win handily.

  13. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 13, 2014 11:05 AM

    One year of Sheldon Richardson > 20 of Wilfork

  14. weepingjebus says: Aug 13, 2014 11:22 AM

    Don’t judge a book by its cover. Vince is a big dude, but he’s actually one of the smartest guys on the team. Many of his big plays come not just from athleticism, but from anticipation. There are great vids of him picking off passes (right, Chargers fans?), but one of my favorites is how he anticipates the development of the play after the D gets an interception behind him. He instantly switches from pass rush to downfield blocker based on nothing but crowd noise and the QB’s expression, while most of the rest of the defense was still headed in the wrong direction.

  15. billsbackto81 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:39 AM

    Guess he can take out even more knee caps with his new found explosiveness.

  16. jchipwood says: Aug 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    That quickness may get the pats to the playoffs then they play a team with a winning schedule and they’ll be out……unless its in foxboro cause we all know what kind of things happen there.

  17. beachsidejames says: Aug 13, 2014 12:43 PM

    Vince is not just a big dude …he’s a big fat old dude coming off a major lower leg injury who hasn’t played a full game in over a year. Pat fans want you to believe he chasing down Adrian Peterson. Keep dreaming.

  18. irishlad19 says: Aug 13, 2014 1:24 PM

    Lot of doubt here; let’s wait until mid-season, after Vince has eaten up a few teams, to revisit the issue.

  19. reebs33 says: Aug 13, 2014 3:44 PM

    You know, it’s just refreshing to hear a player speak well of an opponent.

  20. bcgreg says: Aug 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    jetsmmt says:
    Aug 13, 2014 10:06 AM

    Nick Mangold can block this guy in his sleep.


    You’re right. Nick Mangold can only block Wilfork in his dreams.

  21. davemvh says: Aug 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    @demstinkinbums,. WHAT does OCHO STINKO have to do with Wilfork????? This should be a good one……

  22. tigerlilac says: Aug 13, 2014 6:36 PM

    Nice to read a player given another player his due.

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