Opening day countdowns are great. So are player profiles. Here at Musket Fire, we decided to combine them and create a Week 1 countdown-oriented, jersey number-dictated player profile series. Yesterday we looked at No. 28 James White, and the day before that it was No. 29 LeGarrette Blount. Because today marks 27 days until the New England Patriots open 2015, we are profiling No. 27, safety Tavon Wilson.
Selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson is a veteran of three NFL seasons. In that time, Wilson has appeared in 45 regular season games, compiling five interceptions, nine passes defended and 48 tackles.
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It should be noted that Wilson hasn’t started a game since his rookie season, when he started four contests. Clearly, the Patriots prefer not to have Wilson on the field for very long periods of time in meaningful games.
Cramped in a crowded depth chart of Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung and Jordan Richards, Wilson’s margin for error is very low right now. He is a bad preseason performance away from getting the chop, I’m afraid.
However, Wilson is valuable as a special teamer. Like many bubble players sweating in the August sun, Wilson’s best path onto the 53-man roster is via special teams; fortunately for him, he’s shown capability in that realm over the course of his career despite his struggles at safety.
In case you missed them, here are the profiles for No. 30 Duron Harmon, No. 31 Tarell Brown, No. 32 Devin McCourty, No. 33 Dion Lewis, No. 35 Jonas Gray, No. 36 Tyler Gaffney, No. 37 Jordan Richards, No. 38 Brandon Bolden, No. 39 Travaris Cadet, No. 41 Dekoda Watson, No. 42 Xzavier Dickson, No. 43 Nate Ebner, No. 44 Matthew Wells, No. 45 D.J. Lynch, No. 46 james Develin, No. 47 Michael Hoomanawanui, No. 48 Geneo Grissom, No. 49 Joe Cardona, No. 50 Rob Ninkovich and No. 51 Jerod Mayo.