New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

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  • In the last week, trade rumors regarding the Patriots have shifted from the wide receiver position to the offensive line. Earlier this week, SI’s Albert Breer reported the Patriots “have talked with other teams on Isaiah Wynn.”

    Wynn’s potential availability has come back into the spotlight this week as teams around the league deal with injuries and evaluate their depth up front. PFF’s Doug Kyed tweeted Friday evening that “a lot of teams around the NFL are looking for offensive line depth right now.” Kyed added “As one league source put it, ‘OL scarcity is real.'”

    If teams are looking for offensive linemen, that only helps the Patriots if they do want to do Wynn. They could potentially to get a team to overpay for the 2018 first-round pick, who is on the final year of his deal. However, Kyed notes that “the most likely outcome as of now is that Isaiah Wynn stays with the Patriots since they also could use OL depth.”

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  • If the Patriots were to move Wynn, the right tackle position would become a real question. The team got a good look at fourth-year tackle Yodny Cajuste earlier this summer, when Wynn missed about a week and a half of camp. While Cajuste looked good, he didn’t quite hit that above and beyond level to force a true competition with Wynn. There’s also Justin Herron, who has had an up-and-down camp.

    Given the Patriots’ offensive line has been one of if not the biggest issue in camp this year, it would make sense that the team doesn’t want to create a major shakeup in the group. The question is really if a contending team feels very desperate and offers the Patriots well above value, would they take it?

    One way or the other, the Patriots will have to answer some big roster questions in the coming days. The deadline to cut to 53 players is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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