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58 Defensive Line Combinations: A 2013 Patriots Personnel Study

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The defensive line of the 2013 Patriots shifted in waves. Its components changed by the week, and in some cases, by the snap. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The 2013 New England Patriots defensive line was one of adaptation.

It was one of many faces and many alignments. And it was one composed of 15 players, forged by attrition.

For the collection of former draft picks and undrafted free agents, waiver claims and veteran free agents, it was about being greater than the sum of their parts. For head coach Bill Belichick, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and position coach Patrick Graham, on the other hand, it was about being interchangeable.

From Week 1 through Week 17, the New England’s defensive line was just that. But its identity remained unknown. There was no true first-team. There was no true base defense.

Its contributors and alignments shifted with each opponent, with each snap. (more…)

Inside Man: Charting the Use of Defensive Tackle Isaac Sopoaga in Patriots Debut

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Isaac Sopoaga is carving his role on the inside of New England’s defensive line. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

In the waning hours of the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline, the New England Patriots sent a 2014 fifth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for 32-year-old defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick.

The low-risk move freed Philadelphia from $7.5 million in cap space over the next two seasons, and it afforded New England a veteran inside man to plug into the system with Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly – fellow members of the 2004 class – lost for the rest of 2013.


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