The Patriots hope that Marcus Stroud will have the same kind of impact that Gerard Warren had in 2010.
Stroud does too.
The defensive lineman was signed by the Pats on March 3 after being cut in mid-February by the Bills. Stroud told PFW correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport that he recognizes the pattern of veterans having some success in Foxborough.
"I've seen the trend. You have guys who are in the same situation I'm in, who some people may deem washed up or on his last legs. And then they end up going to New England and having a lot of success for another two, three, four years," he said.
Warren recorded 3½ sacks in 10 starts in 2010, his first season in New England.
At 6-6, 310 pounds, Stroud fits the bill for what head coach Bill Belichick likes the ends in his 3-4 defense to offer. Stroud is a three-time Pro Bowler with 29½ career sacks, but was let go by the Bills so they could give time to younger players. He provides a wide body for the DE position, like Warren, Vince Wilfork and Brandon Deaderick, who all spent time on the end last season while Ty Warren was on injured reserve. Stroud also could see time at nose tackle.
The Patriots are still expected to add a pass rusher in the draft, but Stroud's addition to the D-line could mean the Pats are leaning toward selecting a 3-4 outside linebacker instead of a defensive end. But as 2010 showed, plenty of depth is needed on the line. Gerard Warren is a free agent and Ty Warren is recovering from the hip injury that cost him the 2010 season. Behind them is plenty of youth, aside from Wilfork and Mike Wright.
Stroud will have to adjust from being a 4-3 tackle, although he did play in the Bills' 3-4 last season. Gerard Warren made the same switch last season, and the Pats clearly have faith that Stroud can do the same.
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