The Patriots need to stick with Mike Onwenu at RT and extend the stud player

Why did it take so long for the Patriots to put Mike Onwenu back at right tackle?

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The best player on the New England Patriots might just be Mike Onwenu, and his stability at right tackle should be something the Patriots stick with and reward. At this point, I don't see a single reason why Onwenu should play another position along the OL other than right tackle.

The fourth-year player just might be the best football player on the roster and has a rare ability to play both guard and tackle in the NFL at a high level. Enough is enough, let's not overthink this anymore. Mike Onwenu not only should stick at RT, but the Patriots need to make him a long-term fixture along the OL.

So, a big point of struggle this year for the Patriots has been their offensive line, as the unit has struggled with injuries. Well, they put together a very solid performance in Week 7 against a very good defensive front in the Buffalo Bills. A big part of that success, and it's not a coincidence, was Onwenu finally getting moved to RT where he belongs.

Onwenu has played both guard and tackle in the NFL since being drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played RT during his rookie year, and also played both tackle spots in year two. Since then, though, he was primarily playing on the inside.

That was the wrong move. Why didn't the team move him to RT sooner? Not only are the tackle spots harder to play, but Onwenu plays it well, and he'd give the Patriots at least one long-term tackle solution. It is quite a bit easier to find a long-term player on the inside.

Furthermore, right tackle does seem to be one of the hardest positions along the OL to find good play at. The best course of action, in my opinion, should be to keep Onwenu at RT and should look to extend him late in the season.