When the Patriots acquired Akeem Ayers prior to the trading deadline, they were getting a player that had shown pass rush prowess in 2012 but had disappointed in 2013 and early 2014. He had fallen out of favor with the Tennessee defensive coaches and the Patriots hoped a fresh start would help Ayers find his 2012 form. So far the move has worked out better than the Patriots had hoped.
Through two games, Ayers has two sacks and has been on the field in critical situations. His biggest play was a second quarter sack of Peyton Manning against Denver. It was a fourth and six play with Denver driving. Prior to the snap, the Patriots showed blitz but backed off when the ball was snapped leaving only three men to rush. Vince Wilfork took up two blockers and Ayers stunted around Wilfork and got a clean burst up the middle on Manning. The Patriots were able to score on their ensuing drive and did not look back, winning 43-21. Continue reading Akeem Ayers Contributing Early On With Patriots »