As a first-round pick expected to compete for the left tackle job protecting Tom Brady’s blindside, expectations were high for Isaiah Wynn back in the summer of 2018.
Those were derailed, though, when Wynn missed his rookie season on IR due to an Achilles injury suffered in preseason action.
Last fall, the injury bug bit again when Wynn went down with a foot issue in Week 2 in Miami.
After missing another half season on IR, the young lineman returned to the starting lineup in the Patriots final six regular season games and Wild Card playoff loss to the Titans last winter.
So it’s probably no surprise that when Wynn met with the local media during a Monday video conference call, the young lineman expressed a desire to achieve one seemingly simple goal in his third NFL season – “consistency.”
Deeming himself “all good” health wise, Wynn is probably one of the few players who embraced this offseason. While most were dealing with the weird world of an NFL shut down by the coronavirus, Wynn was happy to just be healthy.
“It’s been real good,” Wynn said with a wide smile. “This offseason I actually just got a chance just to be able to work on the small things and as far as just strengthening my body as opposed to having to rehab anything given that this is kind of my first official offseason that was healthy. So I feel great.”
Playing out the final couple months of last season – “actually being out there during those games I got a feel for what it’s like being in the game and all that” – Wynn felt momentum heading into this offseason.
Now, he’s hoping to build off that momentum.
“I think all of that just ties into consistency,” Wynn said of taking his game to the next level in 2020. “Just being consistent with my technique, being consistent with how I go about studying, how I break down film, how I eat and my nutrition. The key word right there is consistency, most definitely.”
One change that Wynn and his line teammates will have to deal with this fall is the departure of now-retired position coach Dante Scarnecchia. But two years working with legendary line coach gave Wynn a foundation of knowledge to extrapolate on moving forward in his career.
“The most important is just the details,” Wynn said of what he learned from Scarnecchia. “The details are really essential in just everything you do when it comes to on the field and off the field. Details. Being able to hone in on your craft. So that was one big thing I was left with from him.
“Just the small things. As far as getting stronger, technique, breaking down film, breaking down opponents. All that stuff, sometimes it can get overlooked by the bigger picture, but when it all boils down to it the little things are really what matters. That’s the details.”
Healthy and focused on the details of his game this offseason, Wynn clearly seems confident in what he’s going to bring to the field, although he’d rather let his play do the talking when that time comes.
“I don’t want to speak too much on it because I’d rather show it on the field, but like I said I’ve just been working on my consistency in all aspects,” Wynn concluded. “That’s one thing that will be a lot different this year, will be consistency in all aspects of my game.”