The New England Patriots have started the voluntary portion of their spring activities. Top players and veterans usually skip this portion of the offseason. Patriots veteran Isaiah Wynn is skipping OTAs this offseason and we have questions. Will this affect the Patriots’ offense?
Head coach Bill Belichick will work without former Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. The team hasn’t made a decision on the next offensive coordinator and Belichick was watching drills. It’s more than obvious that the Patriots offense will look really different in the upcoming season.
Patriots veteran is skipping OTAs and the timing is bad
Mike Reiss from ESPN was among the first to report that Wynn will skip OTAs. The left tackle didn’t report to voluntary practice, pushing Trent Brown from the right side. The Patriot exercised Wynn’s fifth-year option in 2021. He earned a $10.4 million deal for the 2022 season. Will the Patriots take another route now?
“The Patriots’ decision-making seemed reasonable at the time, considering the premium position Wynn plays,” Reiss wrote. “But given the linemen the team now has in place, one wonders if there is some internal regret, as Wynn’s $10.4 million cap charge could create some much-needed space.”
Belichick used his first-round pick to get Cole Strange. It was an unpexpected move, but Belichick didn’t want another team to snatch Strange. He saw something special in the player and yes, Strange earned his spot in New England. For now. Reiss believes that Brown will work with Strange in camp and maybe Williams will stay on the left.
We don’t have any information on the reasons Wynn had to skip OTAs. He has to get the best of his game this season. Skipping OTAs at this point may not be a smart move. Many Patriots veterans showed up for practice. N’Keal Harry didn’t show up.
Wynn saw action in 16 games in 2021. He played more than 10 games for the first time because he was plagued with injuries. Wynn played 18 total games since the beginning of 2018. Belichick considers him a valuable asset, but he still had some struggles with his pass blocking. Let’s see where this goes.