The New England Patriots’ offensive line was a question mark throughout the summer, and little has changed in the early parts of the regular season. Through the first two weeks, the unit remains a work in progress, to say the least.
The Patriots already have had to use multiple different lineups up front. They were without starting guards Cole Strange and Michael Onwenu in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and had to miss left tackle Trent Brown in Week 2 versus the Miami Dolphins; Onwenu, meanwhile, was not able to go wire-to-wire in that game.
In addition, the right tackle spot remains problematic as well. Calvin Anderson, who started against Philadelphia and Miami, has had a rough time after missing all of the summer due to a mystery illness. His future as a viable starter is in question.
Add it all up, and you can see why a whooping 83 percent of Patriots fans picked the O-line as the biggest issue on that side of the ball in the latest SB Nation Reacts survey.
While the results have been disappointing so far both from a pass protection perspective and as far as run blocking is concerned, there is some reason for optimism. The entire unit getting healthier and spending more time together should help improve the operation, and in turn allow the offense to get going after a quiet first two weeks of the season.
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