The New England Patriots have arguably the best run-stuffing linebacker in the NFL in Brandon Spikes, whose vicious playing style makes him a joy to watch on defense and a terror for offenses. Spikes has the kind of playing style and attitude that makes him a catalyst on defense, and his prowess against the run more than makes up for his deficiencies in pass coverage. The explosive Florida Gators product is also a proficient blitzer, and his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shows that Spikes should be used on more MLB blitzes this coming season.
While Brandon Spikes is the enforcer in the front seven, it looks like the Patriots next enforcer in the secondary is Adrian Wilson. The veteran and former Arizona Cardinals legend (yes, he was that good and important to the Cards for quite a long time) has been nicknamed by teammates as the “Hulk” and a quick look at his massive frame shows that he definitely deserves the nickname.
Both Spikes and Wilson have plenty of mutual respect for each other, based on some comments they made in the Boston Herald. Spikes said of Wilson, “I remember watching him when I was in the seventh or eighth grade. In the NFL, it’s just an honor being in the same locker room with him. The way he brings that intimidation level, he hits you. He knows his stuff. It’s good to have veterans like that on the field.”
Eighth grade? That’s pretty mind-blowing right there.
Wilson said this about Spikes, “He’s a good player. I haven’t really gotten a chance to play with him in live game situations when it counts. He’s very disruptive, a good player.”
Even though they play different positions, it will be interesting to see if Spikes can learn a thing or two about underneath coverages and being an even better hitter and run defender from Wilson.