Welcome home, Pot Roast.
Wow what a nickname, huh?
Pot Roast usually takes 6-8 hours to cook to completion; the Patriots whipped one up in a couple weeks.
What I’m trying to say is, the timing seems a little off.
In my opinion, Terrance Knighton is considered a marquee free agent. He’s almost always played the same level statistically season-by-season and is always relatively healthy. Also, he seems like a fun guy in the locker-room. He was drafted in 2009, and played for the Jack Del Rio led Jacksonville Jaguars for 4 years, including his best season with 45 combined tackles. Once Del Rio joined the Denver Broncos as defensive coordinator, so didn’t Mr. Roast, signing a two-year deal and entering the Super Bowl with the team. Last year, he signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins and had a 29 tackle and 1.5 sack year, which isn’t too shabby considering his position and role on the Redskins.
So why did it take so long for him to sign to a team?
Usually, players still available at this point are aged, one-dimensional, or a PR nightmare.
Maybe it’s a little bit of all three?
Knighton is 29 year old and is playing at a position that doesn’t age well for it’s stars. Off the field, he is a known to be a goober and is pretty much your Vince Wilfork for at least the next year.
With this being said, he’s a steal.
Some poor souls have been mourning the loss of Chandler Jones so hard, it’s like Belicheck heard their tears and scooped up another star lineman. Kudos again, Bill.
Think about what the defensive line is at right now, before the draft.
Key defensive players such as Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard remain your studs on the defensive line, providing a solid edge setting and pass rush. Behind that, you have Chris Long giving them a breather every once and a while, along with young bucks Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers.
In-between those guys, we have Malcolm Brown, Alan Branch, and Dominique Easley splitting time and doing a hell of a job inside. Add Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Ishmaa’lly Kitchen in the rotation, and then spice on a hot whopping plate of Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, and I think you have an underrated and stud defensive line.
Really, the defense in general seems to be an underrated treasure.
Think of how doomed everyone felt after we lost Revis and Browner last year. We survived with a pretty fun pair of cornerbacks in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, and had strength in an awesome safety tandem with star centerfielder Devin McCourty and very impressive, Pat Chung.
I think the same thing is going to happen with our defensive line. A star leaves (whether he wanted to or not), and the world panics. Yet, the New England Patriots always find a way to prevail.
I guess what I’m saying is, this is a good example of the Patriots being the Patriots and finding another way to succeed.
That, and that I’m excited to see Mr. Roast play for the Patriots.