According to Nick Eatman of dallascowboys.com, the New England Patriots have acquired defensive tackle Ben Bass in exchange for cornerback Justin Green. At the beginning of camp, Green was my favorite to win that fifth cornerback spot, but Malcolm Butler has definitely seized control in that department.
The Patriots have also traded for defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, pending a physical.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2014
Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga both sustained injuries last week, thus hurting the depth of the Patriots interior defensive line. By adding two defensive tackles today, that may indicate their injuries may be more serious than the Patriots initially thought. Getting caught without enough depth in the middle is one of the worst sins you can commit in the NFL, which is why the Patriots have acted so swiftly.
Worthy is a former second round draft choice, but he has struggled with injuries his whole career. The talent is there, and if there is anybody that can bring it out of him, it is Bill Belichick.
We will see if either Bass or Worthy can make an impact for the Patriots, or even make the team. Perhaps they are just here until Siliga and Jones are fully recovered. Either way, the important thing to take away from this is New England has taken proper measures to ensure they have enough depth in the middle, in preparation of the worst possible scenario with the injuries of Siliga and Jones.