After spending eight weeks on the injured reserve list, Isaiah Wynn has been activated to the 53 man roster and is expected to play this week.
The long-awaited return of Isaiah Wynn has finally arrived in New England, and there’s nobody happier about it that Tom Brady. Wynn left the second game of the season with an injury that landed him on the injured reserve list for the next eight weeks of the season, and he was replaced by Marshall Newhouse. The absence of Wynn has really limited the Patriots‘ offense in both the pass and run game. Newhouse may have been a quality tackle earlier in his career, but he is clearly a shell of his former self. Wynn’s return should help aid someone of New England’s offensive woes.
Replacing Newhouse with Wynn opens up a lot of the Patriots’ offensive playbook. They have
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been limited with Newhouse at left tackle because of his inability to hold blocks. He does not move his feet fast enough when protecting the pocket, forcing Brady to throw the ball before going through his progressions, and in the run game Newhouse just is no strong enough to move his man backwards. I don’t mean to trash Marshall Newhouse, but he has clearly been the worst player on the offense, and replacing him with Wynn could be huge for the Patriots as we approach the playoffs.
The only concern with Wynn has been his ability to stay healthy. He has spent two years with the Patriots but has only appeared in two games. He missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles and missed weeks 3-11 of this season with a toe injury. Despite his lack of time of the field, Isaiah Wynn is clearly a talented lineman and a massive upgrade from Newhouse. He proved that in his two training camps and the two games he has appeared in. As long as he can com back as the same player, he will a huge addition to the offense.
So with Wynn’s return, someone will have to be downgraded off the 53 man roster to make a spot available for Wynn. The Patriots plan to place rookie receiver Gunner Olszewski on the IR list with a leg injury that has kept him on the sideline for the past few weeks. He was the Patriots main punt returner at the start of the season, but with him on the bench the Patriots have experimented with newly acquired Mohamed Sanu in that role. Last week Sanu fumbled a punt and also tweaked his ankle on a return, so we may see someone else in that role this week, but only time will tell. The main thing to focus on here is that the Patriots finally have their starting left tackle back.