The New England Patriots haven't seen much of Isaiah Wynn on the football field because of injuries, but there's no doubting the left tackle's talent.
Wynn was one of two first-round draft picks made by the Patriots in 2018, but he missed all of his rookie season with a torn Achilles. He returned for the start of this season but suffered a toe injury in Week 2, landing him on injured reserve. Wynn returned to practice on Oct. 30 and was activated to New England's 53-man roster Tuesday.
All signs trend toward him starting Sunday's Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows Wynn poses a challenge for his pass rush, and on Wednesday he predicted the University of Georgia product will be a solid player for many years.
"Obviously, a really good player," Garrett said Wednesday during a media conference call. "Everybody liked him coming out of school, and they took him in the first round for a reason, because he’s a talented guy and you can see that when you watch his tape, both at the college level and then when you see the snaps he’s played in the NFL. He’s big, he’s athletic, he plays the game with a competitive spirit, and he’s a good player. He’s going to be a good player for a long time."
Wynn played 45 pass blocking snaps this season before exiting the Patriots' Week 2 game versus the Miami Dolphins due to injury. He allowed only one QB hit over that span.
Marshall Newhouse has started at left tackle in place of Wynn, and he ranks as the 113th-best offensive lineman in the league, per Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking grading. So, it's safe to say the Patriots offensive line is about to get a whole lot better with Wynn anchoring one of the sport's most important positions.
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