The Patriots have suffered their share of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but it hasn’t stopped players from stepping in to fill the void.
With Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo out for the season, and Aqib Talib battling an injury, it has led to the emergence of some new players to the team and some old.
Paul Perillo on Patriots Football Weekly discussed the impact newcomer Isaac Sopoaga has had to the defensive line.
“The acquisition of Isaac Sopoaga went pretty much as advertised,” Perillo said. “He’s a run stuffer to be used on a part time basis in that base defense…He’s the only true nose tackle they have since Wilfork went down.”
With Talib nursing an injury, Devin McCourty has stepped up his play to lead the secondary.
“He’s actually playing at a very high level, maybe even at a Pro Bowl level right now,” Perillo said. “He’s really holding things together back there. A lot of injuries, Aqib Talib has been out, Steve Gregory went out the last game. But McCourty’s play has maintained that excellence and I think he’s the glue that’s holding the secondary together.”