Found October 30, 2013 on NESN.com:
FOXBORO, Mass. — After Vince Wilfork went down for the season with a torn Achilles, the question immediately became: “How do the Patriots replace him?” New England did not panic and chose instead to fill from within, increasing Joe Vellano and Chris Jones‘ snaps. The team signed Andre Neblett, who only appeared in one game with the team and brought Marcus Forston off the practice squad. The Patriots waited to find Wilfork’s season-long replacement. They dealt with the Eagles at the trade deadline for nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Sopoaga will likely only play in the base defense, when the opposing offense is most likely to run the ball. He’s a space-eater in the middle of a defense, spending most of his career playing nose tackle in a 3-4 and the one-technique defensive tackle spot in a 4-3. That gives the Patriots some flexibility with what they’ll choose to run with Sopoaga in town now. The biggest question is: Who does Sopoaga replace in the Patriots’ base defense. We’ll try to figur
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