Sunday, March 18, 2012
Some thoughts on the addition of Jonathan Fanene to the Patriots’ defensive front 03.14.12 at 3:36
Fanene, who will turn 30 next week, has played seven seasons in the NFL, all with Cincinnati. And while he doesn’t appear to be an every-down player — he played more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps on only four occasions in 2011, according to Pro Football Focus — he has experience at both end and tackle in Cincinnati’s 4-3 defense.
The Utah product and native of American Samoa recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2011, and making 10 starts in 2009, he posted a career-high 36 tackles and six sacks.
In New England, he will provide the Patriots with an interior pass-rushing threat, one they’ve lacked since Mike Wright suffered a concussion midway through the 2010 season. He should also provide some rotational depth along each spot in the Patriots’ defensive front.