Per Adam Schefter's twitter, the Broncos and Patriots have made yet another trade, this time for some offensive line depth -
Denver and New England at it again. This time the Broncos acquire offensive tackle Russ Hochstein from the Patriots for late-round 2010 pick
Two problem areas for the Broncos coming into camp were perceived to be depth along the Offensive and Defensive Lines. It appears the Broncos have addressed both in separate deals with the Patriots.
After the jump, some information highlighting Hochstein's career to date -
- Hochstein enters 2009 having spent the last seven seasons with the Patriots (2002-08). He has appeared in 91 games for New England and is one of just eight current Patriots to have played in 90 or more games for the team entering 2009.
- In his seven seasons in New England, Hochstein has been a part of five division championships, three conference titles and two Super Bowl crowns.
- Hochstein has been a versatile contributor for the Patriots, and in his regular-season and playoff career has started 12 games at guard, 10 games at center, two games at fullback and one game at tight end.
- In 2008, Hochstein started the final two games of the season at fullback and saw significant time at fullback and tight end in those contests as the Patriots totaled 351 rushing yards.
- In 2007, Hochstein started a career-high eight regularseason games as part of a Patriots offensive line that allowed just 21 sacks, the fewest for the franchise in 30 years.
- Hochstein contributed to a Patriots offense that set alltime NFL records with 589 points and 75 touchdowns in 2007.
- In 2005, Hochstein took over for an injured Dan Koppen as the Patriots' starting center for the final seven regular season games and both playoff contests. He helped the Patriots finish the season as the NFL's seventh-ranked offense, and powered New England to more than 130 rushing yards in five of his nine starts, including playoffs.
- Hochstein showed his versatility in the 2004 playoffs, starting the AFC Championship Game as a third tight end, and then lining up at fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX to pave the way for Corey Dillon's 2-yard touchdown run.
- After starting the 2003 season on the Patriots practice squad, Hochstein got the starting nod at left guard in the 2003 AFC Championship Game and also in Super Bowl XXXVIII in place of an injured Damien Woody. He was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack in either game.