The New England Patriots announced on Saturday a new addition to the roster. They added rookie defensive lineman, Marcus Forston, to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
The Patriots signed Forston as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012 out of Miami, but he was inactive for the first two games of the season.
Interesting enough, the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder, made his first NFL appearance as a defensive substitute in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens. He was then released on September 26 and re-signed to the practice squad on September 28.
Debuting in three games as a junior in college in 2011, he finished with five tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
As a sophomore in 2010, Forston started in twelve games of the thirteen games played. He recorded thirty-seven tackles, twelve tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception. Unfortunately in 2009, he only appeared in three games before being granted a medical redshirt with an injury.
As a freshman, he was named to the Football Writers Association First-Team Freshmen All-American team after playing in twelve games with a record of eighteen tackles, three sacks, 4 ½ tackles for loss and one pass defended.
Forston is a 23 year-old and a 20-pounder lighter than 31 year-old defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork. Let’s see what Forston has in store as an addition to the Patriots defense. It would certainly be nice to see a Vince Wilfork “little brother” on the field.
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