Leaner Forston follows Wilfork's lead

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots parted ways with two players -- Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick -- who started alongside Vince Wilfork at defensive tackle in 2012, leaving playing time up for grabs among the remaining players at the position.

Much of our attention this offseason was devoted to analyzing former Canadian Football League standout Armond Armstead, who has yet to practice in training camp following surgery to cure an infection, and veteran presence Tommy Kelly, signed as a free agent this spring.

But one player who has also drawn notice in the early goings of training camp is second-year man Marcus Forston, who landed on the 53-man roster in 2012 after being signed as a rookie free agent out of Miami.

Forston (who is technically listed as a first-year player on the roster based on accrued seasons) looks to be in much better shape this season, showing off a leaner, fitter build that has allowed him to take reps as a second-level player on the kickoff return team, as well as flash some quickness as an interior rusher.

Hard work this offseason appears to have paid off for the 23-year old, as has being a sponge to Wilfork, who like Forston is a Miami graduate. Forston spends extensive time with Wilfork, both on the field and off.

"All the time," he said of being around Wilfork. "I'm probably with Vince four days out of the week. Either that's here or at his house."

And while the two have formed a friendship through their times as teammates, the focus of their conversation remains their profession.

"It's always talk about football when me and him are around," Forston said. "It's always about football. I'm always picking his brain."