Ever since Trent Brown left in free agency for Oakland, we've been waiting to see if Isaiah Wynn, the 2018 first-round pick, was ready to take over the job.
He's been brought along slowly since suffering an Achilles tear on his ninth snap of last year's second preseason game against the Eagles, but Wynn has looked good in limited practice reps, especially in the joint sessions with the Titans this week.
Saturday night's 22-17 victory over the Titans provided the first game action for Wynn and he played 18 snaps — double his output in this game last year.
How did he do?
There was some good and some bad, but generally, there were promising signs in regards to Wynn's quest to be the Patriots' next starting left tackle.
“Yeah, I think Isaiah did a good job,” Brian Hoyer said after the game. “You've obviously got to go back and watch the film. But from when I was back there, I thought for him to get out there, it was great to see him out there.”
We broke down each play, the individual matchup, how Wynn did and we assigned a grade for that play.
Let's break it down:
13:56: 1-10, Patriots' 31-yard line
Matchup: DT Amani Bledsoe, undrafted free agent
What happened: Wynn does a great job firing off the ball and sticking with Bledsoe, even when the end tried to disengage. Wynn didn't allow any penetration, but Bledsoe is not an NFL-caliber player, though he's had a good camp for the Titans. Ted Karras, playing left guard next to Wynn, got tossed aside and got Brian Hoyer hit hard.
13:50: 2-10, Patriots' 31
Matchup: OLB Kamalei Correa, acquired for a sixth-round pick from Baltimore last summer. A backup fighting for a roster spot who has mostly been a special teams player.
What happened: Wynn does a nice job sorting out his assignment, as Ben Watson chipped Correa coming out. Wynn lets Correa