The Patriots have added to the depth at their defensive end position, adding veteran pass rusher Will Smith, according to media reports (first noted by ESPN’s Field Yates).
Smith, a 2004 first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints, is 32 and coming off a serious knee injury suffered last summer during training camp. The injury forced him to miss the entire 2013 season. However, when healthy, Smith has been a reliable pass rushing threat, collecting 67.5 over the past decade.
Even if he can’t return to the form that saw him record a career-best13 sacks in 2009, Smith’s presence should give a boost to the New England pass rush. Smith could join starters
With a bolstered backfield augmented through free agency earlier this offseason, the Patriots now have, on paper, addressed a need at the front of their defense. There were more high-profile free agent defensive ends available earlier this offseason, but the Patriots elected to wait and go with a more affordable option in Smith.