Isaiah Wynn saying the right things about playing right tackle at Patriots mini-camp

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Other than a few practice reps during his rookie season and a couple dozen game reps at left guard against the Broncos in 2020, former first-round pick Isaiah Wynn has been the Patriots left tackle when healthy over his four NFL seasons.

The last two days at mandatory veteran mini-camp at Gillette Stadium, though, Wynn has been manning the right tackle spot with Trent Brown (and Yodny Cajuste) holding down the reps on Mac Jones’ blindside at left tackle.

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Asked before Wednesday’s practice about Wynn’s uncharacteristic right tackle reps, Bill Belichick said it’s the same thing the team has been doing for 20 years, alluding to the idea of creating depth and position flexibility.

After his second workout of mini-camp – and of the offseason with his team after choosing to stay away from New England’s voluntary OTAs – Wynn was all smiles and seemingly very much intent on saying all the right things about his new right tackle position, at least for the time being.

“It’s the same position, just different side,” Wynn said before being asked if he liked the new spot.

“Do I like the change? It’s wherever they need me, player,” he said with an awkward laugh.

Wynn is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, the Patriots having picked up his $10 million fifth-year option last spring. So it was that he was asked about his uncertain contract status moving forward after this season.

“I ain’t worried about no contract right now,” Wynn said.
“I’m focused on being the best player I can be for the team so we can move forward to the season…That’ll come when it comes.”

Wynn said he was told of the forthcoming right tackle reps before he showed up for mini-camp – “Something along those lines” – even if it was a surprise to the media based on his past role.

“Probably to y’all, you feel me? But I’m gonna be wherever they need me to be at,” Wynn declared.

Other than being at OTAs with the bulk of the rest of the Patriots roster, which is obviously his right under CBA rules.

“It’s [voluntary],” Wynn said. “I was working.”

He also couldn’t or rather wouldn’t say whether he thought his skipping out on OTAs may have been a factor in his switch from left tackle to right tackle for mini-camp.

“I can’t answer that for you,” Wynn said. “You’ll have to ask coach.”

Right now, though, the facts are the facts.

Wynn is in the final year of his contract. And for now anyway, he’s getting mini-camp reps at right tackle.

And if you believe what he said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, he’s OK with that.

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