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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots passes the ball against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Miami really is a veritable “New England South” these days.

The Dolphins have made quite the habit of luring former Patriots talent down to South Beach in recent years. It made more sense when ex-Pats assistant coach Brian Flores was helming the operation, but the tradition has continued under new head coach Mike McDaniel. His latest addition comes on the offensive side of the ball.

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  • Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn is the newest name to go from the Patriots straight to the Dolphins as a free agent, as reported by Ian Rapoport. The 27-year-old Wynn, a first-round pick in 2018, delivered mixed results and often battled injuries over his first five seasons in the NFL with New England.

    Now, Wynn gets a fresh start in Miami. But anyone who followed his career over his time with the Patriots would probably tell Dolphins fans not to get their hopes up. That’s probably reflected in the contract itself. Rapoport noted that the Dolphins added “depth and competition” on the O-line with the addition of Wynn.

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  • Wynn is one of five former Patriots on the Dolphins’ 90-man roster. Here’s the full list:

    P Jake Bailey
    WR Braxton Berrios
    ST Justin Bethel
    DB Keion Crossen
    OT Isaiah Wynn

    And this season isn’t the first time Miami, for whatever reason, became a Florida version of the Pats. The 2022 team featured defensive end Trey Flowers, linebacker Elandon Roberts, and cornerback Eric Rowe. In 2021, they had quarterback Jacoby Brissett, defensive tackle Adam Butler, cornerback Jason McCourty, and linebacker Calvin Munson. And linebacker Kyle Van Noy joined Miami in 2020.

  • Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) breaks up a pass to New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker (1) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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  • It’s worth pointing out that Foxboro has recently become “Miami North.” In 2021 they brought in former Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, in 2022 they made a trade for wide receiver DeVante Parker, and this past off-season they signed tight end Mike Gesicki. And throw in cornerback Tae Hayes, while you’re at it.

    Basically, it’s like these two teams treat their games against each other like extended scouting reports for future players. They should just make life easier for each other and trade these players back and forth. Wynn for Gesicki straight up … who says no?

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 16: Mike Gesicki #88 of the Miami Dolphins reacts against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    Mike Gesicki (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

  • All the former Pats and Dolphins will have their first chance at “revenge” in Week 2, when the Patriots face the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football. In the meantime, the Patriots will begin OTAs in Foxboro on May 22, and the first practice open to the media will be May 25.

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