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What Isaiah Wynn injury means for Patriots

Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 12:04 pm

For the second straight season, the Patriots' top pick has been lost for the year with a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason.

Last year it was defensive end Derek Rivers due to a torn ACL, and this year it's offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (No. 23 overall) with a reported torn Achilles suffered Thursday night against the Eagles.

Although Wynn likely was not going to start, he seemed to have an important role because of his versatility. After playing left tackle and left guard in college at Georgia, he had right tackle thrown onto his plate this past week and that was where he was playing when he suffered the injury in the first half of the game. 

This isn't a crippling injury to the Patriots offensive line by any means, but it certainly isn't ideal.

Trent Brown is locked in as the starting left tackle and then when healthy Marcus Cannon is the starting right tackle, although he hasn't been spotted for weeks. He reportedly will be ready for the regular season, though. As a swing tackle there is LaAdrian Waddle, who is one of the more underrated players on the entire roster, as he showed well when he was asked to fill in last year. Then, there's the question of who will take Wynn's spot on the roster?

It will likely come down to Ulrick John, Matt Tobin, Jason King or Cole Croston.

John, who has shown well thus far, was banged up Thursday night as well, so that is something to monitor. Tobin is the most experienced of the group, but may not be worth the roster spot given he can just play tackle. King has been up and down, which leaves Croston as the player most likely to now make the team because of the injury. He made the team last year as an undrafted rookie mostly because he can play inside and outside on the line and the same thing could hold true again this year. It's worth noting he has mostly been at guard so far this summer, but that could change now.

As long as Cannon and Brown stay healthy the majority of the season, the Patriots should be able to absorb the loss of Wynn.

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