Trading TE A.J. Derby to Denver for a fifth-round pick wasn’t New England’s only move Tuesday. They also acquired LB Kyle Van Noy from Detroit along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Van Noy, who has been a starter for the Lions this season is not expected to be in New England’s starting lineup Sunday against the Bills. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has made a habit of acquiring linebacker depth around the trade deadline in recent years with the acquisitions of Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas and Jon Bostic the last two years.
Van Noy was an on the line strong side linebacker in the Lions base defense and an off the ball inside linebacker in the Lions nickel package.
“We tried to do what we feel is best for the football team and we’ll see how it goes with the new players that we have,” said Belichick Wednesday morning. “It kind of came up quickly. It wasn’t something that we had talked about (previously).”
Van Noy is an athletic edge linebacker with pass rush ability, cover ability and enough strength to set the edge in the run front. He was a former second-round pick.
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