The New England Patriots were examining a hamstring injury to Adrian Wilson, and the severity of the injury would dictate whether or not Wilson would make the Patriots 53-man roster or not. The Patriots have decided to place Wilson on the injured reserve without any designation, thus ending his season and leaving us wondering what his fate in Foxboro is.
Wilson was surprisingly signed to a multi-year deal this offseason, and it was a mistake to give him more than one year on his deal. However, the Patriots are paying Wilson so little that I didn’t mind, and the fact that they were willing to give Wilson multiple years made me optimistic. Although he had a down year last season, he wasn’t as bad as the Arizona Cardinals seemed to think, and maybe the Patriots believed that he wasn’t truly declining (after all, he was excellent in 2011).
But Wilson had a rough preseason, and several reports stated that he looked like a declining player. It’s a shame, because Adrian Wilson was expected to be the Patriots starting strong safety and replace Steve Gregory. Wilson looked like he could be an imposing veteran presence in the Patriots secondary, and I wonder if he’s played his last snap with the team as a result of being placed on the injured reserve. Wilson’s future with the team is murky, but what remains clear is the fact that he won’t be on the roster and the Pats will roll with Devin McCourty, Gregory, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, and Nate Ebner at safety. The caveat there being, of course, that Ebner isn’t really a safety and is a special teams star.