HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans look different. They look, like they have gained some weight. Which is strange to say when you think J.J. Watt, Jared Crick, and Andre Hal look maybe even more muscular and sleek than previous incarnations.
But the Texans are heavier. According to the official roster they are 325 pounds heavier along the defensive line. Vince Wilfork is here, and you can’t miss him.
The multi-time Super Bowl champion was obviously going to stand out. They just don’t make many people like him anymore. And although he looks every bit of the generous 325 pounds the roster gives him, his impact is being felt throughout the team.
“It makes us all feel good to see number 75 in the middle of that defense,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. He’s a great veteran player. He’s added a lot to our locker room and we’re very happy to have him here.”
Mike Mohmaed’s job gets a little easier with the big man taking up space.
“Just based on his career he’s a force to be reckoned with there on the line,” he said. “He eats up blocks.”
It isn’t just the weight and physicality he can throw around. Wilfork has been around the block, especially in this defensive scheme, and that is paying off for the team said Whitney Mercilus.
“He’s very knowledgeable about the defense,” said Mercilus of his new teammate. “Just being able to teach, you know, myself also the other younger d-linemen about different about different looks that we can give.”
It doesn’t matter if Wilfork is eating blocks and teaching teammates or tossing long bombs to J.J. Watt and cutting a rug to the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” the big man is already ingraining himself as a must-see player for the Texans.
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