McDaniels goes to New England well again

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Josh McDaniels went back to his roots to try to find some help for his inexperienced defensive line.

Denver acquired 3-4 defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith from New England for a draft pick.

Smith is 6-foot-3, 308 pounds and he will add some beef to the defensive front. Denver's front three is one of its biggest question marks. Smith is expected to be a reserve in Denver. The current starters are ends Kenny Peterson and Ryan McBean and nose tackle Ronald Fields. The threesome has a combined two NFL starts in the past two seasons.

Smith was a backup in New England, where McDaniels was the offensive coordinator. McDaniels has brought several players from New England to Denver since being hired in January.