Sebastian Vollmer on M&M: Patriots have ‘got to keep going’ after Vince Wilfork injury
|09.30.13 at 12:53 pm ET|
Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer joined Mut & Merloni to discuss the team’s 30-23 win over the Falcons on Sunday and the reported season-ending injury to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork reportedly tore his Achilles tendon in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome.
“I truly don’t know what the injury is,” Vollmer said. “You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, and obviously he ended up hurting himself. It was tough, but you’ve got to keep going.”
An Achilles tear generally takes 6-9 months for recovery, meaning Wilfork would miss the remainder of the season.
“He’s been here for quite a while, playing at a high level every year,” Vollmer said. “Absolutely he’s a phenomenal player but also just a great teammate and a great leader.”
Vollmer and the Patriots offensive line protected Tom Brady well, as New England’s quarterback was not sacked and Atlanta recorded just two quarterback hits.
In addition, the line led way for a potent running game. The Patriots rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries. LeGarrette Blount led the team with 64 yards on nine carries, including a 47-yard touchdown scamper at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Stevan Ridley chipped in with 53 yards on 11 carries, and Brandon Bolden accumulated 17 yards on six rushes.
New England ran the ball 10 straight times on its first touchdown drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matthew Mulligan.
“I’m not a play-caller, but I guess we tried to go with whatever works,” said Vollmer. “You don’t want to be one-dimensional and get stuffed every time, but if you can do the same thing and end up with a touchdown, I’ll take that any day.”
After establishing the run on that drive, the Patriots switched to a passing attack over the final three quarters. They rushed the ball 19 times and passed 26 times after the Mulligan touchdown at the 12:43 mark of the second quarter.
“If you can make the run game go, it definitely opens up your playbook a little bit and you can do a lot more plays,” Vollmer said.
Leading that passing attack was undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who set career-highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (127) and had his third touchdown catch of the season.
“Everyone on the team really works hard, and it doesn’t really matter the position group, especially the guys coming in here you just see them staying late, coming in early, they work with Tom, they work on whatever they need to work on and eventually it will pay off. It’s only going to get better from here,” Vollmer said.
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