FOXBORO -- As a rookie, Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn missed the entire season after suffering an Achilles injury in the preseason. It carried over to this summer, as Wynn wasn't fully participating in practices -- until Monday.
The Georgia product participated in his first full-contact drills of the summer and split time at left tackle during 11-on-11 work with Dan Skipper.
“I’m pretty good,” Wynn said after the session. “I’m back out here, so that’s the biggest thing. Just coming out here, taking it day by day and getting ready to help in any way I can.”
After being away from contact for so long, some could say there's some rust that needs to be worked off, but Wynn didn't totally buy it.
“I wouldn’t say [there’s rust],” he said. “Of course, you’re always working to get better at technique. I could always get better at my technique. It’s never polished. So if you consider that knocking off rust, then yeah. I always want to get better at my technique.”
It's expected Wynn will start at left tackle with Joe Thuney playing next to him at left guard. The two joint sessions in Tennessee against the Titans will be huge for Wynn and his progress. If things continue like they have, he should get a ton of work against Tennessee's defensive ends.
By beginning to participate fully now, this should leave plenty of time for him to be ready to play Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
“You learn as you go,” Wynn said. “You should never be satisfied, so I’m always picking the vets’ brains. Being able to play next to Joe [Thuney], David [Andrews], Shaq [Mason], [Marcus] Cannon and even Skip [Dan Skipper], all those guys, they have experience here. So just being able to pick their brains and ask them any type of question, I’m always eager to learn.”The Patriots will practice with the Titans Wednesday and Thursday before Saturday's second preseason game.