How Richard Seymour sold Gerard Warren on Pats
|08.16.10 at 2:20 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While it’s clear that Richard Seymour was hurt by being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders before opening week last season, the defensive lineman painted a good picture of the franchise to someone who wound up signing in New England this summer.
Gerard Warren, a 4-3 down lineman in Oakland’s system in 2009, said he was sold on coming to the Patriots and making the transition to a 3-4 scheme, in part, by the high recommendations of Seymour when the two played together last season.
“Just the organization in whole and talking to Richard, when he came out to Oakland, it was like if I ever had the opportunity to come out to New England, it sounded like a place I wanted to be from talking to someone who came from the inside,” Warren said after Monday’s practice.
‘He [Seymour] didn’t leave on the best of terms but he didn’t have anything negative to say about the way things were [run].’
Warren, listed at 6-4, 330 pounds, was a gap-shooting pass rusher in Oakland’s scheme but with the Patriots sticking to a 3-4 system, he will be another big body called upon to help stop the run.
And the man who will be helping him the most just so happens to be Seymour’s closest friend on the defensive line in his time with the Patriots – Vince Wilfork.
‘Just with his experience and his defense and the productivity he’s had, it’s awesome to have guy to be able correspond with on the field and have a guy like Vince who’s up on his game, to be able to kind of give you a few pointers here and there,’ Warren said of Wilfork.
What has Wilfork told him?
‘Technique, that’s pretty much it,” Warren said. “He’s a big preacher of technique. That’s what he harps on and thrives on. Just make sure you have your base technique down, and everything else will take care of itself.’
And Warren, who signed a one-year deal worth $900,000 on April 24, certainly figures to see an increased role this season after starting defensive lineman Ty Warren was lost for the season after being placed on injured reserve over the weekend.
‘I operate the same but I call it, ‘step-your-game-up time,’” Gerard said of Ty. “You’re thrust in the forefront now and it’s time to go at it, produce and do what it is I was brought in for.’