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Old 05-12-2018, 04:34 AM   #1
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Scar's 2018 Offensive Line

The Patriots could very well be going from a prototypical left tackle who was 6-foot-8 with 35.5-inch arms (Nate Solder), to one that is 6-foot-3 with 33.5-inch arms (first-round pick Isaiah Wynn).
Just dont expect offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to care very much about it.
I think that (expletive) is way overrated. I really do, Scarnecchia said Friday. Im not saying every tackle you have should have 20-inch arms. But what Im saying is maybe there are some men among us (on the Patriots roster). The guys we have that were training at that position, all fall within those standards. Matt Lights arms are 33 inches and he played 10 years in this league Did you know that?
Wed like to see them be as tall and as long as they can possibly be. But does he have the skill to play it? Does he have the length to play it? Whats long enough?
(I called the thought that tackles had to be a certain size hogwash on draft night, so Scar wins on creativity points he was in the Marine Corps reserves.)
Obviously, a lot of the talk centered on Wynn and what the Patriots will do along the offensive line with Solder in New York, and both Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney entering contract years. First and foremost, Scar likes his room, and thats important.
Im just going to make this really clear right now: I really like the guys we have here right now. Thats the good news, he said. The bad news is we cant work with some of them until training camp starts because weve got two guys with shoulders (Wynn, Trent Brown), we have a guy with a bad foot (Thuney) and on and on and on (Marcus Cannon also isnt available until camp). But thats the hand weve been dealt.
When training camp comes around, theyre all going to be out there, and Im really excited about working with these guys. I want to make that really clear to everybody. Weve got the guys weve got and Im happy with it. I dont know what its going to look like, but Im really happy with it because I like the way they work, I like the people, I think theyre going to do everything we ask them to do and thats all I care about, and then well see what we can do from there. Well find out.
As for replacing Solder, Scarnecchia said its a big challenge because of the way Solder played over the last half of the (2017) season.
He played really well, because he finally learned how to use hands the way we wanted him to use them, Scarnecchia said. He really got into a good comfort zone. Theres a lot of work that goes into that, on his part especially. So there he is (with the Giants). Hes been given this opportunity and (hes) taken advantage of it for him and his family, so now the next thing is we have to replace him. We have guys we hope to be able to step in there and do what you have to do every year at this time (you) lose some good players, and you have to replace them. And thats what were faced with now.
Basically, it the Patriots are going to put all their tackles Wynn, Brown, LaAdrian Waddle and Matt Tobin on the left; Marcus Cannon, Andrew Jelks and Ulrick John on the right on the field when they can, see what it looks like, and go from there.
Wynn and Brown seem to be leading the candidates to succeed Solder.
Were specifically going to give Isaiah a chance to play left tackle, well give him a chance to play guard, and well move Trent from the right side to the left side, and from the left side to the right side, and were going to see what it looks like, Scarnecchia said. Thats what training camp and preseason are for, so well see what it all looks like.
(Wynn was a) really good player in the best conference in America at his position. Smart, hes tough as they come, played the whole year with a bad shoulder. Hes got great traits.
The Patriots prefer to keep Cannon at right tackle. As for 6-foot-8 1/2, 380-pound Brown, whom the Patriots acquired from the 49ers in a trade, Scarnecchia said hes never coached a larger player.
Weve had big guys like Trent in there before well, maybe weve never had a guy that big hes pretty big but when you see him play, you see a lot of things that we do and hopefully, that will manifest itself out. Well see, Scarnecchia said

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