New England Patriots: Addition to the Roster for the AFC Championship

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.

July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Forston walks onto the field during the training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

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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Topics: AFC Championship, Baltimore Ravens, Marcus Forston, New England Patriots

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  • Aryan

    Nice article! just next time mention the medical red-shirt he got his 2009 sophomore season because otherwise it is confusing.

  • Celia Westbrook

    Thank you for the feedback, and yes, I forgot to mention.

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