The New England Patriots’ offense has been out of sync for considerable portions of its first 10 games this season, with the offensive line in particular playing some inconsistent football. Help appears be on its way, however, in form of a player who missed the team’s previous eight games: offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn will soon be officially activated from New England’s injured reserve list if head coach Bill Belichick is to be believed.
“I think that we would certainly want to make him active. What the role would be and how everything would play out and so forth, we’ll just have to see,” said Belichick during a media conference call on Monday when asked about the status of his team’s starting left tackle — one that was placed on IR after suffering a toe injury during the Patriots’ Week 2 game against the Miami Dolphins, but was recently designated to return off the list again.
Wynn, who is the second and last return designee after rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry, will fill a spot upon his comeback that has been a weak link for New England recently: Marshall Newhouse was signed as a depth option shortly before Wynn’s injury and has filled the left tackle spot ever since, but has struggled as both a run blocker and a pass protector (he has surrendered 29 quarterback pressures this season, including seven sacks).
Despite his inconsistent performance as a stand-in for the starting option, however, Belichick spoke highly about Newhouse on Monday: “Marshall’s done a good job at left tackle, and our offensive line has gotten a little bit of continuity there over the last few weeks, so we’ll just see how it goes going forward. But we’re always excited and happy to have as many healthy players as we can out there on the field,” he said.
“We’ll do the best we can to put [Wynn] in positions that are competitive or possibly advantageous and let him play,” added Belichick. It certainly sounds as if the second-year lineman will get his chance soon, which could be good news for a Patriots offense that will have to go up against a top-10 scoring defense this week: the Dallas Cowboys come to town, and having Wynn available would be big for New England up front.
The latest the Patriots can bring the former first-round draft pick back from injured reserve for him to be eligible to play on Sunday against Dallas is Saturday, 4:00 pm ET.