New England Patriots

Isaiah Wynn of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots officially announced on Tuesday that they’ve activated left tackle Isaiah Wynn to the 53-man roster and also placed receiver/punt returner Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the Wynn activation, adding that he’s “set to return to the lineup”.

Wynn missed the Patriots’ last eight games after going on injured reserve with turf toe in Week 3. He will ostensibly return to his regular starting role at left tackle, where he started the first two games of the season. Wynn has played in only two of a possible 29 games (including playoffs) to start his NFL career.

The hope now is that Wynn can finally stay healthy as the Patriots hit the stretch run amid the most challenging portion of their 2019 schedule. Veteran Marshall Newhouse has often struggled in an every-snap role on Tom Brady’s blind side, especially in pass protection.

Whoever starts at left tackle on Sunday would draw a matchup against Cowboys pass rusher Robert Quinn, who leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 15 QB hits in only eight games. Neutralizing Quinn on the edge is pretty much first on the list of things that need to happen for the Patriots to move the ball and score consistently against Rod Marinelli’s defense.

Arguably the Patriots’ strongest offensive performance of the season came with Wynn playing every snap at left tackle, when they scored 33 points with 465 total yards of offense in their season-opening win over the Steelers. Wynn’s presence on an offensive line that has regressed significantly from its 2018 form has a chance to make a major difference moving forward.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at