Can Isaac Sopoaga Fix the Patriots Woeful Run Defense?

October 29, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With the New England Patriots sending a fifth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick, a trend is developing. The Patriots have made a last-minute trade of a late-round pick for a player that fills a need on defense two years in a row. 
Last year, they sent a fourth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for cornerback Aqib Talib to help their troubled secondary. The trade, as reported by Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Enquirer, acts as a cavalry-call for reinforcements on the interior of the defensive line.
As of this morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he had been too focused in game planning for the Steelers to be up-to-speed on all the moving parts about the looming trade deadline, but he acknowledged that it was a possibility, saying, "If something happens, it happens."
"Again, it's hard, it's always hard to predict [trades]," Belichick said on a conference call this morning. "Whether it...

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