The offensive line was hit hard with injuries last season, and it ultimately had a negative impact on how the whole offense was run.
First, starting center David Andrews missed the entire 2019 season due to blood clots found in his lung. His absence had a huge impact on the team. Andrews has since recovered and is eager to get back on the field.
Going to the left side of the line…
Isaiah Wynn, who was drafted in the first round in 2018 to be the starting left tackle, has only played in eight games and has been on the injured reserve list in both seasons he’s been in the NFL. The Patriots have high expectations for Wynn and are relying on him to play in every game this season.
Joe Thuney, who received the franchise tag from the Patriots, is one of the top-three guards in the entire NFL. Due to the price of his tag and the current salary cap situation for the Patriots, there is a chance that the Pats trade Thuney, despite him being a necessity for this offensive line.
Moving to the right side of the line now…
Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon are the veterans of this offensive line unit. Both players have held starting duties since they’ve been drafted to the team and have blocked for some of the great Patriot teams over the last five years.
To prevent a similar scenario from last season, the New England Patriots have done an excellent job in retooling and stacking up on their depth along the offensive line:
LT: Justin Herron
C: Dustin Woodard (interchangeable between various positions)