In a world of giant, hairy spiders, a sticky mix of glue and spider silk can be a lifesaver.
And in the NFL, the Patriots are using it to catch world-class defensive players.
With a glut of defensive backs and tight ends, the Pats are finding that their best players don’t always have the best chemistry with the ball, and they want to make sure they can play with a better sense of urgency and speed, even in a game as fast and frenetic as Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Houston Texans.
For this, the team uses a type of glue called gorilla glue.
The Patriots use gorilla, the Italian word for “gorilla” and the Greek word for ball, to secure the ball to their players during games.
Gorilla glue is made with a substance that looks like gorilla meat, which is what makes it super sticky.
The team used the glue to hold a ball in place during the Patriots’ 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
But that’s not the only way they use gorilla to secure ball-carriers.
On Thursday, the Colts made another splash in the league with the addition of the Giants’ first-round pick, defensive end D.J. Fluker, and undrafted free agent wide receiver Justin Hunter.
With Flukers, the Giants have the potential to add some much-needed experience to a defense that lost its top pass rusher, Vic Beasley, to injury this offseason.
Hunter is expected to be the Giants top player in 2017.
On Saturday, the Bills signed undrafted free-agent wide receiver Devin Taylor to replace Beasley.
Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound receiver from West Virginia, was one of the top wide receivers in the draft.
But he was limited to only eight games with the Titans last season because of a neck injury.
With the Bills having a lot of young receivers and offensive line depth, it’s unclear if Taylor will be ready for training camp.
But if he does, the NFL’s most dangerous wide receivers could be the Patriots.
With Beasley gone, the Falcons are relying on Taylor, a former first-team All-Pro who had 14 touchdowns and three interceptions last season, to take over at the wide receiver position.
Taylor has the speed to play inside and outside, and the size to play in space.
He also has good speed, agility and vision, as evidenced by his three interceptions against the Texans.
He’s not a perfect fit for the Patriots, which will use him primarily as a return man or slot receiver.
If Taylor can learn to read and react to a play, he’ll be a better option for New England’s offense, said Bill Belichick, the New England coach.
The Giants have used gorilla glue extensively to secure balls in the past.
It worked well last year, when New York was among the top teams in the NFC East.
But they lost tight end David Tyree and safety Mike Patterson, and other key players in free agency.
The Patriots didn’t have to use it, and it was worth the risk for the team to use a new substance, Belichick said.
The Falcons’ offense will be tested, and Taylor could be an answer.
But it’s worth noting that gorilla glue has been used to secure a ball for the Falcons before.
In 2015, the Jets secured a ball with it, too, and even when they didn’t, the glue worked for the defensive ends.
Gambian glue is also used to hold balls in tight situations, but it’s more expensive.
The Dolphins used gorilla to hold ball in their game against the New York Giants.
In the Patriots game, the defense made two key plays to stop the Giants.
In both games, the defensive backs were able to play with their eyes closed and avoid the gorilla glue trap.
It’s a bit like the Giants game.
But with a few changes.
In the first game, cornerback Logan Ryan and wide receiver Brandon Marshall were able with their hands to make a tackle on running back Dion Lewis.
With that, the safety and linebacker had to step up to help Marshall and Ryan.
After that, cornerback Patrick Robinson was able to make one of his plays in the game.
Robinson, who was the Giants best cornerback last year and who is a veteran in the secondary, made a play in the back of the end zone to break up a pass that Lewis was about to throw to wide receiver Marqise Lee.
This is the first time the Patriots will use gorilla.
It could be a huge help to the Patriots if they can use it against the Giants and other teams that have the luxury of having their top pass rushers and their top tight ends.