Patriots LT Isaiah Wynn passes physical, avoids PUP list
Returning from a torn Achilles tendon is perhaps the most difficult thing for an athlete to do. Fortunately for New England Patriots’ left tackle Isaiah Wynn, the worst may be over.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Wynn has passed his physical and will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list.
Good news for the #Patriots: Potential LT Isaiah Wynn, coming back from a torn Achilles, has passed his physical and is not on the PUP list. Helps him start this season properly.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 21, 2019
Wynn was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, using a pick acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles.
However, in their Super Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles in preseason, Wynn suffered a torn Achilles and was ruled out for the 2018 season. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2018.
The Patriots were able to win Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 without Wynn, but are undoubtedly happy to be getting him back going into this season. New England is essentially adding two first-round picks to a Super Bowl-winning offense this year with Wynn’s return, and the selection of wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick.
Wynn played 11 games for the Georgia Bulldogs as a true freshman in 2015. Wynn started 25 of 26 games during his freshman and sophomore years, making 23 straight starts until he missed a game against Louisiana due to injury. On December 11, 2017, Wynn was named a Second-Team All-American.
Despite a low scoring Super Bowl performance, the Patriots offense was clicking on all cylinders last season. They were ranked fifth in offensive DVOA by Football Outsiders with former seventh-round pick Trent Brown starting at left tackle.
Brown became the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league this offseason when the Oakland Raiders signed him to a four-year, $66 million contract with $36.75 million guaranteed.