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Scarnecchia on offensive tackle arm length: 'That [expletive] is way overrated'

Scarnecchia on offensive tackle arm length: 'That [expletive] is way overrated'

FOXBORO - When Dante Scarnecchia describes the types of qualities he's looking for in his linemen, the list has always been the same.

"We covet three things when we look for offensive linemen," Scarnecchia said before Super Bowl LII. "They have to be smart, they have to be tough, and they have to be athletic enough."

Nothing in there about arm length.

"That [expletive] is way overrated," he told reporters on Friday afternoon.

The topic was, of course, New England's first-round pick Isaiah Wynn. The University of Georgia product measured in at this year's combine a shade under 6-foot-3. His hands were listed at 8.5 inches. Those marks would be considered undersized by Patriots (and league-wide) tackle standards. But Scarnecchia explained that Wynn will get a shot to become the team's left tackle in 2018.

"He's played left tackle in the best conference in America," Scarnecchia said. "Played it pretty good. We're going to take a look at it, and see how it goes."

The Patriots have shown they aren't afraid to adjust their size requirements at tackle in the past. Matt Light was on the shorter end for a starting tackle under Bill Belichick at a shade under 6-foot-5, about two inches taller than Wynn. Belichick has not drafted a tackle in New England with hands smaller than nine inches. 

Working in Wynn's favor is that his arms (about 33.5 inches) are standard-issue length for Patriots tackles. Light's arms were 33.5 inches. Sebastian Vollmer's were 33.25 inches. But when it comes to height and hand size, Wynn would kind of be breaking the mold.
 
Scarnecchia doesn't care much for molds, though.

"What's the mold? Someone tell me what the mold looks like," Scarnecchia told reporters. "And if you only draft to that mold, I don't think that's the smartest thing to do."

The Patriots reportedly released second-year tackle Tony Garcia with a non-football injury designation on Friday, leaving Wynn, Trent Brown, LaAdrian Waddle and Cole Croston among the players competing for time at tackle. Scarnecchia indicated that the team would like to try to keep Marcus Cannon, a staple on the right side the last two seasons when healthy, at right tackle. 

Wynn, Brown, Cannon and guard Joe Thuney will all miss on-the-field work until training camp as they come back from injury, Scarnecchia said, meaning the coaching staff will have plenty of opportunities to see some of their big bodies take on different responsibilities in passing camp.

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NFL Odds: Patriots open at 10-point favorites over Jets in Week 7

NFL Odds: Patriots open at 10-point favorites over Jets in Week 7

The Patriots rolled to a 35-14 victory over the Giants on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 to improve to 6-0 on the 2019 season thanks to another impressive performance by their defense. 

In order to start 7-0, they'll have to grow through a rejuvenated Jets team on Monday Night Football on the road. It's a game they should win, and it appears the oddsmakers agree. 

New England is 4-2 against the spread in 2019 and manhandled the Jets in Week 2. However, New York didn't have Sam Darnold at quarterback and now they're coming off a win over the Cowboys that saved them from an 0-5 start under new coach Adam Gase. 

Couple that with the fact that the Patriots offense has been abysmal as of late and the Jets are sporting a top-10 defense, and this New England team could be in store for a fight next week. 

We have a long way to go before game day arrives, and the Patriots are also dealing with a 10-day break in between games. They have plenty of time to prepare for Jamal Adams and company. 

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Patriots rookie Chase Winovich apologizes to mom after being fined for TD celebration

Patriots rookie Chase Winovich apologizes to mom after being fined for TD celebration

Chase Winovich's first NFL touchdown on Thursday night didn't come without a price.

The Patriots' rookie defensive end celebrated the occasion by launching the ball into the stands, which led to him being fined roughly $7,000 by the NFL. It was Winovich's first TD since high school, so the moment certainly was worth every penny, but the former Michigan star does have one regret.

Winovich took to Instagram on Sunday to apologize to his mother for the costly celebration.

"Sorry mom for launching that new car I promised you into the stratosphere during my celebration! Love you! 😌💓," he wrote.

Take a look below:

The new car for Ms. Winovich may have to wait, but it likely won't have to wait too long. The Patriots' third-round pick looks well on his way to being a standout player in the league for years to come.

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