With Marcus Cannon opting out for the 2020 season, the Patriots have some uncertainty at the right tackle position.
As of now, there's really just second-year player Yodny Cajuste, but he missed all of last season so he's essentially a rookie. The team could bring in someone from the outside, or another idea floated recently has been moving Joe Thuney there, as he is a very versatile lineman and played eight snaps at the position last season.
“Whatever can help the team,” he said in a video conference Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter where. Just trying to do what I can, use the tools I have to help the team in whatever’s necessary.”
Thuney did play left tackle in college before switching to guard in the NFL due to his size.
The Patriots placed the franchise tag on the left guard this offseason, so he will play the season on a one-year deal worth just under $15 million.
As for potentially having him switch to right tackle, that isn't typically how Bill Belichick and the Patriots do things.
Moving Thuney to right tackle could potentially make two positions worse -- whoever replaces Thuney at left guard and then Thuney at a new position. It's different when it's mid-game and a player goes down with an injury. That is only for a short period of time, it's much different when it's an extended period.
Other options currently on the roster at right tackle include Korey Cunningham and Justin Herron. There are a few veterans still available on the open market, and if the Patriots go that route sooner rather than later would be best.