Patriots trade for Lions LB Kyle Van Noy

Reports indicate that the Patriots are making moves, trading with the Lions to get LB Kyle Van Noy.

Though the Pats are considered one of the top teams in the NFL, they are clearly not happy with their LB play this year. They have already made other moves to generate more of a pass rush, including getting former first-round pick Barkevious Mingo from the Cleveland Browns. However, he has seven tackles this year and has not picked up even a single sack.

Van Noy played at Brigham Young, where he put up 25 sacks in four years. He also had 61.5 tackles for a loss and 226 tackles overall. He was at his best in 2012, when he had 22.0 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two picks, and a touchdown. He ended his career with eight interceptions.

The Lions drafted him in the second round back in 2014. He has floundered a bit, when compared to his college stats. In his rookie year, injuries kept him out of all but eight games, and he had only six tackles on the season. Last year, he got 10 tackles and one sack. In 2016, he finally seemed to have found his stride a bit, as he had 23 tackles already this year.

However, if the Patriots are thinking about pass rush, he doesn’t have a sack this season.

For the Lions, it’s a chance to move on from what they may view as a mistake, seeing as how he has one sack in two and a half seasons. That said, they are very thin at LB, so just getting draft picks back doesn’t help this year. Terms are not yet out.

It’s worth noting that Bob Quinn, now the general manager for the Lions, previously worked with the Patriots. He was most recently their Director of Pro Scouting.

Update: Lions re-signing Josh Bynes.

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