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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

Only one trade at the NFL trade deadline

For the second consecutive year, the Patriots have shored up a weakness at the brink of the trade deadline. Eagles report that they have traded DT Isaac Sopoaga and 6th-round pick to the Patriots for a 5th-round pick. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 29, 2013 At 6'2" and a listed 330 pounds, the 32 year old Sopoaga is a true, run-stuffing nose tackle. The 10 year veteran...

Philadelphia Eagles trade DT Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots

Trade for Patriots: Isaac Sopoaga isn’t very good. The 32-year-old was ProFootballFocus’ 82nd ranked defensive tackle out of 85 eligible on ProFootballFocus last season on the nose in San Francisco. This year, he’s been better, but he’s still grading out slightly below average on the nose in Philadelphia. That being said, he’s probably better than anything the Patriots...

New England Patriots Trade For Isaac Sopoaga

The New England Patriots have acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick) from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick prior to Tuesday's trade deadline.This deal is mutually beneficial, as Sopoaga was a poor fit in Philadelphia's defense, and will now help cushion the loss of Vince Wilfork to the middle of New England...

Isaac Sopoaga stand on a chair and proclaims playing for Patriots is a "dream come true"

glamor shot courtesy @tomecurran I think I really like the newest Patriot. The defensive lineman acquired yesterday afternoon at the NFL trade deadline from the Philadelphia Eagles is already practicing with the Patriots. He was pretty excited to join the Patriots, in fact he got stood up on his chair in front of his locker and told the media that it was a dream come true. ...

Eagles trade Sopoaga to Patriots for draft pick

The Eagles traded nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots before Tuesday's trade deadline. Sopaoga was packaged with a sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Sopoaga, 32, was signed in the offseason to be the team's starting nose tackle. He played eight games, had 18 tackles, and played 39 percent of the defensive snaps. Sopoaga made $3...

New England Patriots Bolster Run Defense at Trade Deadline

In the NFL’s lone deadline trade, the New England Patriots acquired defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth round drack pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fifth round pick. With Vince Wilfork out for the year and Tommy Kelly week-to-week with a knee injury, Sopoaga will provide some much needed veteran experience at defensive tackle, where the Patriots...

Eagles and Patriots make a big deadline day deal--PFT

Eagles and Patriots make a big deadline day deal--PFT: ICYMI: The Eagles announced they traded 330-pound nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

Isaac Sopoaga Trade Opens Door For Young Eagles Linemen

Eagles nose tackle Bennie Logan is now officially a starter in the wake of the team trading Isaac Sopoaga Tuesday. Photo courtesy: In spite of him only getting limited snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, the team trading away Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots Tuesday certainly means more opportunities for the team's young defensive linemen.  "...

Patriots Trade For DT Isaac Sopoaga

Who said the NFL trade deadline wasn't exciting? In a move which shores up a huge area of need for the Patriots, the team has traded a 5th round pick for Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles. The news comes courtesy of Field Yates of ESPN: The Patriots have traded a 5th round pick to the Eagles for veteran DT Isaac Sopoaga and a 6th round...

Bill Belichick Says No Reason That Isaac Sopoaga Can't Play Sunday

Though the Patriots have just traded for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Bill Belichick says that the veteran lineman could see action immediately. Coming from Belichick, this is about as clear as it gets: Belichick on Sopoaga: "I don’t think there’s any reason why he shouldn’t be ready to play." — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 1, 2013 ...

Belichick: Sopoaga primed to play Sunday

Veteran defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga has practiced with the New England Patriots each of the past three days since being acquired in a trade from the Eagles, and coach Bill Belichick said Friday that there is a good chance Sopoaga will play Sunday against the Steelers. “We have a couple more days to clean up a few things, but if he continues to progress through the week, I...

Despite Quiet Year in Philly, Sopoaga Poised to Help Pats

The Patriots acquisition of Eagles nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga was met with skepticism from the Philadelphia media. Sopoaga hadn't made enough of an impact in his half-season in Philly to justify his three year, $12 million contract, leading many in the media to simply be happy (and, in some cases, surprised) that they could even get a fifth round pick for him. Of course, it&...

Eagles Trade DT Isaac Sopoaga to Patriots

The Pats needed help at DT with Vince Wilfork out for the year.  Good trade for them. And as expected, Eagles traded DT Isaac Sopoaga and a pick to the Patriots for a higher pick. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013

Who'll fill in with Sopoaga gone?

One day after the trade of starting nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Eagles coach Chip Kelly mentioned Bennie Logan, Clifton Geathers, and Damion Square as players who will fill the void. Although Sopoaga started in the base defense, he played only 39 percent of the snaps. Logan, a third-round pick, has taken 28 percent of the defensive snaps this season. Geathers has taken 19 percent...

Patriots Trade for Defensive Line Help

The Patriots traded for Isaac Sopoaga today and it’s a move that makes a lot of sense with...
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