The New England Patriots bolstered their depth along the defensive line, acquiring a pair of linemen via trade Tuesday. Defensive tackle Ben Bass of the Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Jerel Worthy of the Green Bay Packers will be joining the Patriots.
Bass was acquired in exchange for cornerback Justin Green. Of course the deal is pending a physical. Bass joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent back in 2012 out of Texas A&M. He’s appeared in just two NFL games since entering the league.
New England will be sending a future draft pick to Green Bay in exchange for Worthy, who is former second-round pick out of Michigan State. The Packers selected Worthy with the 51st overall pick in 2012. They’ll only receive the draft pick if Worthy makes the Patriots final roster.
Both Bass and Worthy have something in common. The two are working their way back from injury. Bass missed all of 2o13 as he was hindered by several ailments. Worthy underwent ACL surgery prior to the 2013 season and he recently sustained a lower back strain earlier this training camp.
Worthy says he’s day-to-day, feels great and is waiting to return to full-contact action. Assuming Worthy can stay healthy, he figures to be nice depth piece for the club.
With Sealver Siliga (hand) and Chris Jones (ankle) currently sidelined with injuries, coach Bill Belichick needed to add some bodies into the mix. Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Dominique Easley are all coming off injuries as well. The newcomers should allow the Patriots to limit their starters repetitions throughout the remainder of the preseason.
Green was a player who never projected to make the Patriots final roster given their great depth at the corner position. The Cowboys on the other hand are in desperate need of cornerback play. They’ll be without starters Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne moving forward.