FOXBOROUGH — If the season started tomorrow, there is little doubt the Patriots' left tackle situation would be challenging.
And that's probably being kind.
The projected starter, 2018 first-round pick IsaiahWynn, has yet to take a competitive snap as we stand about three weeks shy of him being a year out from his Achilles' tear. The backup and possible opening day starter would be either JoeThuney, who has made himself one of the league's top left guards and would be pulling a LoganMankins, or DanSkipper, a 6-foot-9 journeyman who has been signed or released 10 times by three different teams in his previous two seasons in the NFL.
No, none of the above is exactly Plan A when it comes to replacing the departed TrentBrown, and NateSolder before him.
But here's the thing: whether it's Wynn, Skipper, Thuney or someone else — yes, possibly Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle TrentWilliams — the situation is far from being as dire as some would lead you to believe.
Why? Let's go through the in-house possibilities and then get into a possible trade for Williams, in which the Patriots would likely have to trump the Houston Texans — the Krafts' favorite AFC rival — and New England has a possible leg up in that scenario.