Belichick: Worthy, Bass depth moves

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Coach Bill Belichick told 98.5 the Sports Hub in a pre-game interview that the New England Patriots' acquisitions of defensive tackles Jerel Worthy and Ben Bass were depth moves.

"I think the trade with Dallas was a situation that they were a little thin at corner and we were a little thin on the defensive line so we were able to exchange players and I think each team shored up a thin spot on the roster," Belichick said.

The Patriots officially announced the trades of defensive back Justin Green to the Dallas Cowboys for Bass and an undisclosed draft pick to the Green Bay Packers for Worthy.

"[Worthy] was available at what we felt was the right cost and so we are looking forward to taking a look at Jerel," Belichick said. "He's a guy we had a lot of interest in coming out of the draft."

Up to this point in his NFL career, Worthy has battled injuries.

"Hurt his knee at the end of the season, the last season he started off on the PUP a slow start, didn't really play much during the year," Belichick said.

Worthy is an intriguing pickup with his big frame (6-foot-2, 308) and success while at Michigan State.

"He's a player that has some quickness and pass rush ability and he's young and we will see how it goes."

One other note from Belichick:

Jerod Mayo's status: Linebacker Jerod Mayo missed the previous three practices and Belichick had him as a possibility to play in Friday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "We will have to take a look at him in pregame warmups and we don't have to declare an inactive list so we will see how he feels in pregame warmups if he does play. I don't think it will be very long and you know that will provide more opportunities for some other guys," Belichick said.

Mayo's absence brings up questions about whether something more serious is going on or if this is a non-football matter. Mayo did not dress for the game, but the possibility of him playing suggests that this is not of major concern.