After spending 11 seasons with the Patriots,
"You have to put pressure on each individual, and that’s what I’m going to do," Wilfork said. "I’m going to put pressure on everybody. Not just myself. Not just the older guys. Not just J.J. (Watt). The quarterback. The coaches. No. It’s everybody."
"I’m not a rah-rah guy," Wilfork said. "And that’s one of the things that they’ll get to know quick. I love to have fun. I have the passion. I love the game. But if I need to say something, I will say something."
Entering his 12th season, the five-time All-Pro selection has recorded 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
After being signed by the
"Yeah, we talked since I signed," Wilfork said in an interview. "He’s probably more excited than I am. But little does he know, I’m very excited to come down here."
Although the Texans will rely on Wilfork to be one of the leaders on the defense, he isn't going to try to change anything about Watt.
"My goal is to let J.J. be J.J.," Wilfork said. "I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is going to feel the same way, when you have a guy that dynamic. You can’t ask him to change anything. He’s been a beast, and hopefully he’ll continue to be that beast and I’m looking forward to it."
Over his 11-year career, the 33-year-old has compiled 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
"We want to thank the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization for the last 11 years, however we will be starting a new chapter in our lives as
Wilfork, 33, has spent his entire career in New England. The Pats declined his option, making him a free agent.
He's played a full 16 games in four of the past five seasons and has 516 career tackles to go with 16 sacks. Wilfork is reuniting with Texans coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who formerly coached in New England.
Free-agent nose tackle
Wilfork's agent Kennard McGuire lives in Houston and has said in the past week that he's hopeful Wilfork will join the Texans. Wilfork and McGuire are close friends.
Before the Patriots declined the option on his contract, Wilfork had spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots. In New England, he totaled 516 tackles and 16 sacks.
If Wilfork were to sign with the Texans, he would be reuniting with coach Bill O'Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. O'Brien and Crennel were coaches during his tenure with the Patriots and Vrabel was a teammate.
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|2005||New England Patriots||16||54||40.0||14||0.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2006||New England Patriots||13||50||40.0||10||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||48||36.0||12||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2008||New England Patriots||16||66||45.0||21||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2009||New England Patriots||13||43||31.0||12||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||57||46.0||11||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||52||29.0||23||3.5||2||47||23.5||28||0||5|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||48||29.0||19||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2013||New England Patriots||4||9||4.0||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||47||24.0||23||0||1||1||1.0||1||0||2|
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|2006||New England Patriots||13||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2007||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2008||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||13||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||1|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||2||0||4||2||4||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|