Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia confirmed to reporters Friday that offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse will be the Patriots starting left tackle moving forward.
Dante Scarnecchia says Marshall Newhouse will be the Patriots’ left tackle until Isaiah Wynn returns.
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Newhouse will be filling in for former starter Isaiah Wynn, who was placed on Injured Reserve this week following a foot injury sustained in the Patriots’ 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.
The move will keep Joe Thuney at left guard, instead of moving him to tackle.
Wynn’s injury came as a major blow to the Patriots, as their offensive line has been hit with multiple injuries to start the season. Prior to the season, center David Andrews was hospitalized with a blood clot in his lungs, taking him out for the season. Right tackle Marcus Cannon is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These injuries have caused the Patriots to make several moves for offensive linemen early in the season. Before Week 1, the Patriots traded for linemen Korey Cunnginham from the Arizona Cardinals and Jermaine Eluemunor from the Baltimore Ravens. They signed Newhouse, a free agent, after their season-opening win over the Steelers and most recently signed former Buccaneer Caleb Benenoch.
If Cannon is inactive this Sunday, the Patriots will be starting three backups on their offensive line in Newhouse, Cunnigham, and center Ted Karras.
Newhouse, 30, is currently in his 10th season in the NFL having played 115 games with seven different teams. In his first game with the Patriots, Newhouse was just one of four players to play every snap on offense to go along with fellow linemen Thuney, Shaq Mason, and quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots will play the New York Jets this Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.