Going into the new season the New England Patriots depth chart is looking slim in this vital position group. The current status of the offensive lineman is something that should be troubling to Patriots fans worldwide. Patriots brass already notice this could be an issue as they worked out a pair of offensive tackles to try to add to the depth in the O-line room.
First off, this will be the first year without one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history Dante Scarnecchia. Scarnecchia has been known around league circles to be able to grow and develop talent on the offensive line better than almost any coach in the entire NFL. Taking the reigns now as offensive line coach is Adrian Klemm who was a three-time super bowl winning lineman for the Patriots.
Looking at the depth chart the Patriots are thin in terms of depth. The starters are mostly solid but do have some red flags in terms of injury history. Already left tackle Trent Brown has been limited in camp with an undisclosed injury, and offensive guard Mike Onwenu started training camp on the PUP list. Second-year pro Cole Strange is also now dealing with a leg injury and was a limited participant at practice on Sunday. While it is only the middle of training camp the starting offensive line the other day at practice was less than ideal.
With all of these injuries looming behind the veterans are rookie offensive linemen in Sidy Sow, 30- year- old tackle Connor McDermott, and very little else. With injuries already beginning to be an issue in training camp; any during the season may derail the Patriots' offense.
It will be interesting to see how the big boys up front handle the Green Bay Packers as the team heads to Wisconsin for a set of joint practices before playing their second preseason game on Saturday. In week one of the preseason the offensive line struggled on the edges at the tackle positions along with picking up blitzes and stunts.