FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins traded receiver Isaiah Ford, a former Virginia Tech standout, to the New England Patriots on Tuesday for a sixth-round draft pick in 2022.
The move gives the Patriots some needed experience in a receiver group that has underperformed this season and has recently been hit by a string of injuries.
New England also claimed defensive tackle Isaiah Mack off waivers from the Titans on Tuesday and placed tight end Devin Asiasi on injured reserve. The Asiasi move comes after coach Bill Belichick said defensive tackle Beau Allen, who signed in the offseason, is not expected to return to action after recently returning to practice from IR.
Ford, in his third season, was a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft. He has 18 catches for 184 yards this season, and 41 catches for 428 yards in his career.
New England entered the week thin at slot receiver after Julian Edelman was placed on injured reserve at the end of last week. N’Keal Harry also continues to recover from a concussion.
The Patriots rank 30th in the NFL in passing, averaging 192 yards per game. They have only three passing touchdowns on the season.