New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on one free agent addition. He answered some of the questions Patriots have been asking in the past couple of weeks.
Patriots defensive tackle Beau Allen brought his season to an end. Well, it’s not like his season started at all.
According to coach Belichick, Allen “won’t play this year.” Reporters asked Belichick about Allen’s status for the season.
The defensive tackle passed his physical but he suffered an injury at the very beginning of training camp. Reporters were allowed to watch practice on Aug. 17. Allen was nowhere to be seen. In other words, he suffered his injury between Aug. 12 and 17. The defensive tackle began the season on injured reserve and was designated to make the field on Oct. 21.
Patriots to lose their free agent for the season
A league source told Jim McBride from The Boston Glone that Allen had a setback on a leg injury last week. What does this mean? Belichick won’t have Allen on the field this season.
Allen signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Patriots. He was a top free-agent addition for the Patriots. The team doesn’t have another prototypical nose tackle on the roster right now.
Will the Patriots add more depth or size in the middle of the shaky defense?
“We need to do a lot of things better defensively, offensively and in the kicking game,” coach Belichick said. “So, we’ll continue to work on all of those areas and try to improve them. So, yeah. We can get better at everything — coaching, playing, offense, defense, special teams. All areas.”
New England has Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, Nick Thurman, and Carl Davis on their defensive tackle depth chart at this point. Bill Murray is on the practice squad.
The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday. New England may decide to acquire a nose tackle to improve the struggling run defense. This group allowed 190 yards Sunday in the Week 8 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
NFL analysts have predicted some realistic moves for the team.