Over the last few months, a lot of change has hit the Patriots’ offense. They’ll be changing their play caller, potentially changing their offensive system, and as we learned this week, they may also be changing the anchor of their offensive line.
A first-round pick in 2018, Isaiah Wynn has been the Patriots’ starting left tackle for the last three seasons after missing his entire rookie year due to injury. When on the field, Wynn has proven to be a starting-caliber left tackle – his 80.6 career PFF grade ranks 15th among all left tackles since he came into the league.
However, the Patriots may be ready to make a change with Wynn. After not participating in the first two weeks of OTAs, Wynn returned to Foxboro this week for Minicamp. Through two Minicamp practices, he’s primarily lined up at right tackle – a position he didn’t play in college and only saw a handful of snaps at during training camp his rookie year. Trent Brown has moved to left tackle from right tackle, where he played last year.
Following Wednesday’s practice, Wynn met with the media for the first time this spring. Asked about making the switch from the left side to right side, he was succinct.
“It’s like playing left tackle, just on the opposite side,” he said with a chuckle. “From a technique standpoint, it’s all the same, but instead of working with your left you’re working with your right.”
Does he like the change? “It’s wherever they need me,” he said, a line he repeated a couple of times during the press conference.
Wynn told reporters he knew he would be changing sides of the offensive line prior to reporting to Minicamp. He wouldn’t offer much more than that though. When asked if there was a discussion with the coaching staff about the move, he said it was, “something along them lines.
“I’m good man. Listen, wherever they need me. If they put me at corner, I’m going to try and go play corner,” he continued with a laugh. Pressed on his personal feelings on the move, he replied “I can’t answer that for you, you’d have to ask coach.”
A position change isn’t the only thing on Wynn’s plate right now. He’s also entering a contract season for the first time in his NFL career, after the Patriots picked up his fifth-year rookie option last spring. According to Wynn though, getting a new deal done isn’t his focus at this time.
“I ain’t worried about no contract right now.” he said when asked about his contract situation. “I’m focused on being the best player I can be for the team so we can move forward to the season. I ain’t worried about any of that right now. That will come when it comes.”
Whatever position Wynn is at, his performance this year will be under a microscope as he prepares for potential free agency. With that, how he adjusts to the right side – if that remains the plan through training camp, will also be a point of focus.