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Will Patriots activate Isaiah Wynn for Week 12? Bill Belichick gives update

Will Patriots activate Isaiah Wynn for Week 12? Bill Belichick gives update

The New England Patriots need an upgrade at left tackle, and help could be on the way as early as Sunday's Week 12 matchup versus the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium.

Left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who was off to a very good start in 2019 until suffering a foot injury in Week 2 and landing on injured reserve as a result, is eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster and play this weekend. He returned to practice late last month.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick won't guarantee Wynn will be activated this week, but it sure sounds like there's a good chance.

“I think that we would certainly want to make him active,” Belichick said during Monday morning's media conference call. “What the role would be and how everything would play out and so forth, we’ll just have to see.”

Marshall Newhouse has filled in for Wynn as the starting left tackle and the results haven't been positive. Newhouse gave up three QB hits and a pressure in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, per The Athletic's Jeff Howe, and his previous performances weren't much better (and in some cases, worse).

Wynn's return won't fix all the problems the Patriots offense is dealing with right now, but he'll certainly upgrade the team's pass protection at a key position and likely open up more holes in the run game.

The worry with Wynn, of course, is his injury history. In addition to his foot injury this season, he also missed all of his 2018 rookie campaign with a torn Achilles.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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