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NFL 2020 trade deadline: Patriots send late-round draft pick to Dolphins to acquire wide receiver Isaiah Ford

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Update 11/3/2020: Patriots send late-round draft pick to Dolphins to acquire wide receiver Isaiah Ford

According to the NFL’s transaction wire, the Patriots did not send a seventh-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins but rather a conditional sixth-rounder. That said, it is possible that the pick ends up as a seventh-round selection after all if the conditions attached to the trade are not met.

Update 11/3/2020: Patriots send late-round draft pick to Dolphins to acquire wide receiver Isaiah Ford

While the original report did not include any information about compensation, the Patriots are apparently sending a late-round selection to Miami in order to bring Isaiah Ford aboard: according to Jim McBride from the Boston Globe, New England is investing a seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft to add the wide receiver to its roster.

Original story 11/3/2020: Patriots reportedly trade for Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford

With the NFL trade deadline a little more than an hour away, the New England Patriots have apparently made a move: as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has acquired wide receiver Isaiah Ford from the Miami Dolphins. The compensation is not yet known at this point, but the expectation is that Ford will not break the proverbial bank.

Ford first arrived in the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by the Dolphins in 2017, but he missed his entire rookie campaign due to a knee injury. He returned to the field the following year, opening the season on the practice squad before appearing in one game in which he played a mere 13 offensive snaps without registering any statistics. After his relatively slow career start, however, Ford did show some progress the last two years.

Appearing in 15 games since 2018, he caught a combined 41 passes for 428 yards. One of the most productive games of his career, coincidentally, came against his new club: Ford registered seven catches for 54 yards against New England last December, helping Miami upset the club 27-24. Eleven months later, the 24-year-old has become a Patriot.

Ford, who aligned primarily in the slot for the Dolphins, will help bolster a wide receiver depth chart that recently lost Julian Edelman to injured reserve. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder will therefore join Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski on the active roster as well as N’Keal Harry, who missed last week’s game in Buffalo due to a concussion. New England also has Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson and Mason Kinsey on its practice squad.


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