Isaiah Wynn has an ‘eagerness’ to improve

Andy Hart
November 26, 2019 - 11:23 am

Prior to his return to the starting lineup Sunday evening against the Cowboys at Gillette Stadium, it had been more than two months since second-year Patriots' left tackle Isaiah Wynn had dealt with the speed, power and harsh reality of competitive NFL action.

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After missing his rookie season to a torn Achilles, Wynn won the starting job out of camp this summer. Unfortunately he only saw 82 snaps of action over five-plus quarters against the Steelers and Dolphins before he was sidelined again with a foot injury.

So it’s understandable that it took the talented young lineman a bit of time to settle in against Dallas. He allowed pressures to Cowboys’ pass rusher Robert Quinn on consecutive first-quarter snaps, the second a strip-sack that ended New England’s second drive of the afternoon.

Clearly there was some rust to get knocked off, but overall Wynn’s return to the lineup was a net positive.

“It was good to get Isaiah back out there. It was good for him to get back out there,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said in his Tuesday morning conference call. “I know he was eager to do that. There is nothing that you can do to really simulate the movement and speed of the game in the National Football League regular season game. So for any player coming off of a rather long period of time off, it is a little bit of an adjustment period. I think he acclimated well once he got settled in. He was playing against good players over there on the left. I thought he held his own. I thought he did some really good things and then did some things where we’ll look forward to improving this week. He knew it right away. We’ve talked since the game. There is an eagerness now to try to improve on the things that he saw and felt that he didn’t do as well as he wanted to. We surely think we can make progress and push forward this week with that.”

Wynn definitely made some immediate contributions in terms of run blocking. Sony Michel rand around Wynn’s left end for 13 yards on the first offensive snap of the game. Michel then ran over left end for 12-yards and a first down on his final carry of the day in the fourth quarter, essentially running out the clock on the win.

“We ran behind him a little bit in the running game and made some yards, had some good blocks and had some things that we can work out,” McDaniels said. “It’s always a good thing to get your first game under your belt after a long layoff and we’ll look forward to having a good week of preparation and practice with him, hoping that he can continue to improve and get better as we finish the season.”

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