FOXBORO — The New England Patriots’ 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn had a rough rookie season. In fact, he didn’t have one at all. A torn Achilles in August robbed Wynn of the opportunity to play a single snap in his first year in the NFL.
He’s been seen at Gillette Stadium daily since April, trying to get back to pre-injury form. The No. 23 overall pick out of Georgia knows he’s needed now more than ever.
The Patriots have a gap to fill at left tackle after Trent Brown signed with the Oakland Raiders and Wynn is the leading candidate for the job. At minicamp in June, Wynn solely participated in positional drills and has yet to take any live reps. However, his coaches, especially offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, have not forgotten about No. 76’s capabilities.
O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia on Isaiah Wynn (recovering from torn Achilles from August): "I went back over all of training camp and looked at everything, and this guy is a really good football player. We just have to get him out there. I'll just leave it at that."
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 10, 2019
Injuries can be just as difficult mentally as they are physically. To combat that inevitable negative energy, Wynn has created the hashtag #WinWithWynnWednesday where he shares positive and motivating messages on social media.
Good morning and happy #WinWithWynnWednesday! As you go through the rest of your week, remember that if it cost you your peace, it’s too expensive. Have a great one!
— Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) May 8, 2019
Morning Twitter fam ☀️. Just in case you haven’t heard it in a minute, I’m proud of you!! Your work ethic will soon speak volumes for you. Keep it boomin cause the best it yet to come! #WinWithWynnWednesday
— Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) April 10, 2019
Where New England would lose in size replacing 6-foot-8 and 359 pound Brown for 6-foot-2 and 310 pound Wynn, they’d gain in explosiveness and balance. He was dominant at Georgia, allowing just five pressures in the SEC as left tackle.
As long as he’s healthy, it seems like it’s Wynn’s job to lose. However, the Patriots have a solid insurance plan in Joe Thuney, who they’ve been giving most of the reps to at left tackle this offseason.
Wynn is expected to be back and healthy for the start of training camp on July, 24.