After coming up lame and needing help back to the locker room during the Patriots second preseason game the subsequent news for rookie tackle Isaiah Wynn is not good. According to Adam Schefter, Wynn has torn his Achilles and will miss his entire rookie year. A devastating blow for a promising young lineman.
Patriots’ first-round pick, OT Isaiah Wynn, tore his Achilles vs. the Eagles and he will be out for the season, per source. The worst of the preseason on display.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2018
Wynn was the Patriots top selection in this past draft, going 23rd overall out of Georgia. This makes the second year in a row the Patriots have lost their top draft pick to a season-ending injury during the preseason. Last year, defensive end Derek Rivers was lost to a torn ACL and didn’t play a single snap.
With the emergence of Trent Brown on the left side, Wynn has been getting starts on the right side. Now, the Patriots will look to LaAdrian Waddle to fill the role with Marcus Cannon still sidelined as well. However, after Waddle, there lacks a bunch of depth at the tackle position for the Patriots. For instance, in addition to playing the right side, Wynn had been the primary back up at left tackle throughout camp.
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The Brown acquisition becomes even more important now. The fact that he has performed quite well is a bonus but the Patriots are still thin at the tackle position. Especially with Marcus Cannon missing time as well. The good news is that Cannon is expected back by the start of the regular season. In the meantime, Waddle will continue to hold down the right.
The free agent tackle pool is sparse with guys like Eric Winston and Richie Incognito the top available lineman. However, for two entirely different reasons, the Patriots are likely to be uninterested. However, a move to acquire an extra lineman wouldn’t surprise anyone.
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