Dante Scarnecchia shares how Isaiah Wynn will be replaced, gives thoughts on OL performance thus far

Ryan Hannable
September 21, 2019 - 7:08 am

FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is known for telling things like they are, which meant it didn't take long to get some information out of him about his group -- in particular how it will look with Isaiah Wynn now on injured reserve.

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Scarnecchia began his monthly meeting with the media on Friday by saying Joe Thuney will stay at left guard and Marshall Newhouse will play left tackle. Marcus Cannon will obviously play right tackle, although his status is not yet confirmed for Sunday against the Jets due to a shoulder injury that forced him to miss Week 2.

“We would rather not have to move Joe here or move Joe there,” Scarnecchia said. “We’d like to keep four of the five components that we started with in place. Now three of the five components, but that’s all right too. Because we think Ted’s [Karras] done a nice job for us and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue to happen.”

Many criticized Karras' shotgun snaps in Week 1, but Scarnecchia quickly downplayed it being an issue pointing to last week in Miami.

The long-time coach seems happy with Karras, who is playing center with David Andrews out for the year with blood clots in his lungs.

“So, we’re pleased with Ted," he said. "Ted’s another guy just like a lot of guys we’ve had around here that he’s a good worker. He’s a tough guy. He’s got character and yeah, maybe he doesn’t have quite the skill of some guys, but you’re going to get everything this guy has and that’s all we care about. We’ll be all right.”

Scarnecchia also seemed impressed with Newhouse, who just arrived just last week and was forced into action at both tackle spots in Miami.

“This guy is a smart guy. This guy is so smart,” he said. “I really have been very impressed by him not only his intelligence and his football IQ but his study and work ethic to learn our offense has been exemplary and if he doesn’t know, he’ll ask. We really feel very fortunate to have him around here and we’re going.”

The group added another player this week in Caleb Benenoch, who the team is still getting to know, but it appears it views him as a tackle. He started 16 games for Tampa Bay last year at right guard.

It certainly has been a busy start of the season for Scarnecchia and his group with all the changes it's undergone dating back to right before training camp, but it doesn't seem to bother the 71-year-old.

“No, that’s just part of the job. I don’t do anything, I just coach,” he said. “You come in early and go home late. It’s just part of the process.”

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