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How the Patriots can Solve their Offensive Line Issues

After 2 weeks of the 2019 season the Patriots have outscored their opponents 76-3, and I am one of many that feel this team could replicate their 2007 teams success and finish 16-0.

They have one of the best secondary’s in the NFL, the deepest group of running backs in the NFL, the best wide receiver core in the NFL, and the greatest quarterback and coach of all time.

The one one factor that could end this dream for the Pats is their sudden instability on the offensive line.

Entering this season the Patriots returned 4 of their 5 starters from the group that allowed just one sack the entirety of the playoffs.

For the one starter they lost, left tackle Trent Brown, the Pats replaced him with last year’s #23 pick Isiah Wynn who missed his rookie season with a torn achilles. So all was right in New England.

On August 26th, 8 days before the Patriots season opener starting center and team captain David Andrews was hospitalized with blood clots in his lung. Thankfully, he is expected to make a full recovery but this of course, place him on season ending IR.

During the 4th quarter of the Patriots season opener against the Steelers starting right tackle Marcus Cannon injured his shoulder and would miss the Patriots next game against the Dolphins with his status for week 3’s matchup against the Jets still in question.

The latest blow came Tuesday when left tackle Isiah Wynn hit IR with turf toe that he suffered in the Patriots 43-0 routing of the Miami Dolphins. The earliest he can come off of IR is week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots have made numerous moves to try and counter these injuries. They traded for tackle Korey Cunningham, guard Jermaine Eluemunor and center Russell Bodine. With the recent injury of Wynn the Patriots also signed tackle Caleb Benenoch.

A move that I have been vying for the Patriots to make that now makes more sense than ever would be trading for Redskins tackle Trent Williams.

Williams held out for a trade all offseason and while the Patriots had reported intrest and deal was never reached. Redskins management has remained optimistic that Williams would cave and suit up for the team but now that he’s sat out their first two games I’d say the Redskins need to cut their losses while they can and the Patriots would be the perfect destination.

The draft capitol needed for a trade of this magnitude would likely be somewhere in the range of a 2nd round pick now that the Redskins really have no leverage. Washington could put there foot down and demand a first which would likely only prolong the process.

Williams is on his 4th year of a 5 year 68 million dollar contract. He is due 13.3 million dollars this season. Because the season has already started the Redskins would pay a portion of this, but as they sit at about 7.53 million dollars in cap space the Patriots would need to create a bit more wiggle room to make this work.

Trade or no trade, with an unbelievably easy 4 weeks ahead of us I hope that the Patriots can use this time to rest Marcus Cannon and get him back to full strength.

Isiah Wynn being placed on injured reserve doesn’t seem to stem from the severity of his injury but rather the precaution the Patriots are taking towards his situation as toe turf can become a very nagging injury. So when he does make his return he should be able to come back and play and full strength.

As for David Andrews, blood clots are simply put no joke. I hope that we will see Andrews back to his normal self at the beginning of next season but for the remainder of his playing career, there really are no guarantees.

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