Brandon Spikes, who has likely seen his career with the Patriots come to a close, said Friday morning that he’d be “shocked” if New England decides to cut ties with veteran defensive lineman Vince Wilfork this offseason.
Wilfork has been rumored to be a salary cap casualty because of his cap hit for the upcoming season, as well as the fact that he’s going to be coming back from an Achilles injury. But Spikes would be “shocked” if Wilfork isn’t with the Patriots in 2014.
‘I haven’t spoken with him but it definitely hurt me a lot to see him go down,” Spikes told NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on Friday. “He’s definitely a big factor in the inside and the run game — he does it all. He’s very disruptive like myself, but if he hits the free agent [market] I’ll be shocked. The Patriots love him, the organization up there, Boston loves him. He’s been there for a while. Honestly I can’t see him leaving.’
Spikes reflected on the 2013 season, a year where New England suffered through an amazing run of injuries, but still managed to make the AFC title game.
‘We just fought through adversity and I think every great team has to overcome some things throughout the season,” Spikes said of the Patriots defense. “Even though we were young, a lot of new guys in and out, I think we did a great job just holding it together and just keep fighting.
‘We just had some guys that really cared, they wanted to step up,” he added. “I was devastated to have captains like [Jerod] Mayo and Vince go down, and guys were looking around [for] who [they were] going to look to and I think guys looked at me. I felt I played a big role in that, even though I was nicked too. I was able to fight through that, and we just battled through adversity the entire time.’
Spikes, who has struggled with knee issues over the course of his career, said he’s been “grinding” since the end of the season, working at a “relentless” pace trying to get back to full health. His 2013 season ended with him on season-ending injured reserve because of a knee problem. It sounds like it was a complicated issue.
‘That was the coach’s decision, and I’m just an employee,” he said when asked about the decision to place him on IR. “What Adam Sandler said — ‘Just go with it.’ I had no choice but I think he put me on IR because of my injury. I was definitely devastated not to able to compete; you fight all season to get to the playoffs and it really hurt me not to be out there with my teammates. I think overall [if] I could do some things differently I would, but it is what it is. It’s in the past and I think it’s just time to move on.’
Spikes also discussed a number of different topics, including his own future (check out the story here for his feelings about the future), as well as what team might best fit his skill set.
‘I think any team. As far as skillset, I feel like I’m a three-down player,” he said. “I know a lot of people know me as a run stopper, but I have great cover skills; I can cover better than you think and given the opportunity on third down, when I got the opportunity I delivered every time. It’s on the tape’¦I led the team in tackles this season. It just goes to show you when I’m on the field I’m very efficient and effective, and a productive player.
‘I just know I can definitely play in 4-3 [and] 3-4 scheme. We do that up in New England, and I feel like I had my best game in a 4-3 as a professional in the Super Bowl even though we dropped the egg and lost it. I was very productive in that game. I played a 4-3 in college so I can do it all. I’m very productive; it’s on the tape, just go and look at the film and you’ll see it’s right there.’