When the New England Patriots landed Adrian Wilson near the beginning of the Free Agency period, Patriot Nation was hoping that the 33 year old veteran would bring experience and leadership to help anchor a very green New England secondary. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Wilson has quickly clicked into the secondary camaraderie.
The first instance of how rapidly Wilson acclimated himself to the team chemistry was revealed when he bought Kyle Arrington a year's supply of Pampers for his newborn baby, and in return, Arrington relinquished #24 to the veteran.
@arrington24_7 about to ship these @pampers out to you bro. twitter.com/adrian_wilson2…
— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) March 22, 2013
The most recent example of how the secondary has meshed so well with Wilson is in the nickname that the team comedian, Marquice Cole, gave him: "The Incredible Hulk." This, of course, is in reference to the massive stature of Adrian Wilson who stands at 6' 3", 230 pounds. Wilson has taken it well, as he has recently made his new Twitter avatar the Hulk himself.
Devin McCourty commented on the matter yesterday in his interview with Howe:
"We call him the Incredible Hulk. He’s a big, strong guy, and I think when you get a guy like that who physically will be a strong player for us, and then his knowledge of the game and how much success he’s had in this league, to be able to pass that down, to not just the young guys, the rookies that come in, but even a guy like myself who is going into my fourth year. I can still learn so much from him." McCourty continues, "Having him in the secondary and on the defense to teach different guys and tell them things he’s gone through will be key for us.”
If these two aforementioned examples are any indication of how the secondary will perform together when the season rolls around, then there are good things coming.
If you are interested in reviewing the potential cornerback draft picks for the Patriots, I wrote up a marathon piece here: Top Cornerback the Patriots Could Draft.