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Shaun Ellis signing gives Pats a new flexibility on ‘D’

Bill Belichick was only too happy to seize the opportunity to add Shaun Ellis to the Patriots this week. 

Bill Belichick was only too happy to seize the opportunity to add Shaun Ellis to the Patriots this week.

Not least because of what he’s done to New England in the past.

Ellis, signed at defensive end along with Andre Carter, has 12 sacks in 15 career games against the Pats.

“Certainly Shaun has played a lot of good football against us,” Belichick said yesterday. “He’s been a very productive player — he’s durable and very consistent. It seems like every time we play him, he lines up there and we have a hard time with him.”

Carter, meanwhile, has 66 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in 10 seasons with San Francisco and Washington. Eleven of those sacks came in 2009, the last year the Redskins ran a 4-3 defense.

“Last year when Washington went to the 3-4 defense, it wasn’t a good fit for him, evidently, in that system,”?Belichick said. “But we feel like ... we can use his ability on the edge and he can be effective.”

Translation:?The Pats are bringing in moving parts — all the better to throw multiple defensive schemes at foes this year.

“How, strategically, we want to move guys around and put them in certain alignments ... I think there’s flexibility there,”?Belichick said.

 
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