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Remember when everyone was calling for the Patriots to get Tom Brady some help? Well how about getting Vince Wilfork some now?
For the past three seasons, the Patriots have gotten by on the defensive line because Vince Wilfork has been dominant and healthy. Behind him the depth is average at best, and the Patriots would be in real trouble with just Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love.
The 2009 second-round draft pick Ron Brace never lived up to his draft status and was cut unceremoniously last week.
This is such a need that the Patriots will probably address it in free agency as well, but if there was one position they could use some young talent, it's at defensive tackle.
Most of all, they lack a real interior penetrator, which has been a missing tool in the toolbox ever since Mike Wright lost his career to concussion problems.
The Pats thought they had both Jonathan Fanene and Myron Pryor to fill that role, but Fanene was released in camp and Pryor missed the entire season with a torn pec.
It forced the desperate Pats to use Jermaine Cunningham as their primary interior pass rusher. Cunningham is a little light for this role, but he really started to come on before getting suspended for four weeks in November.
Wilfork is over 30 now, and Deaderick and Love, while solid, likely have average ceilings. A more traditional 4-3 interior tackle who has some quickness would do wonders for the Pats' atrocious first-down defense that gave up 10 touchdowns of over 20 yards.
But it doesn't matter their size, shape or playing style, the Patriots need some talent at defensive tackle. It's their biggest need, and one where a quality addition could really help the pass defense, regardless of the secondary.