Nobody probably remembers that Tavon Wilson still plays for the New England Patriots. The main reason for that is because Wilson hasn’t really played for the Patriots this season. The player-turned-ghost needs to become a player again now that Steve Gregory is out for a couple of weeks with a thumb injury.
It wasn’t too long ago when Wilson actually started some games. As a matter of fact, Wilson started four games in 2012, which was his rookie season. His play was up-and-down. There were some moments when one would see Wilson play the ball extremely well, as he did nab four interceptions in that season. But other times, Wilson would get lost in the shuffle, failing to make an impact in the running game and getting burned deep.
Whether it was that or a horrible showing in training camp, Bill Belichick doesn’t seem too found of the player whom he drafted in the second round last year. Wilson has been rotting away as the fourth safety on the depth chart, behind Devin McCourty, Steve Gregory and third-round rookie Duron Harmon. The fact that a third-round rookie passed Wilson on the depth chart is very telling of the way that coaches currently see him.
Well, now is no time to cry over spilled milk. Gregory’s injury means that Wilson is the third safety on the depth chart. That is important because defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been toying with three-safety looks, often featuring Gregory in the box as a linebacker. One should wonder if Wilson might play that role, or if he might help Harmon play the back end while McCourty plays linebacker.
Either way, Wilson needs to step up his game. He will be at least needed for depth, and possibly more depending on the upcoming game plans.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.