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Posted: Aug. 23 2019,03:49

"One week ago today Yodny Cajuste Buffalo Bills Jersey , the New England Patriots parted ways with tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen, who spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in New England after he was acquired via trade from the Indianapolis Colts, was scheduled to hit the team’s salary cap with $7.3 million in 2019 — a number apparently too high for the world champions’ liking given his actual contributions: he was primarily a blocker during his tenure with the Patriots.Despite his rather one-dimensional role, however, the veteran tight end quickly generated interest on the open market with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins all expressing interest in him — all while a return to New England on a reduced salary was reportedly also not yet off the table. However, the reunion will not happen as one of the four clubs added the 29-year old to its roster.The Dolphins signed Allen to a two-year, $7.0 million contract earlier today Color Rush Yodny Cajuste Jersey , according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Seeing Miami pick the veteran tight end up does not come as a surprise, considering that the club’s new head coach and offensive coordinator — Brian Flores and Chad O’Shea, respectively — both came over from the Patriots this offseason and will likely be in play on a lot of New England’s free agents.With Allen definitively gone, the Patriots are expected to invest in a tight end during the upcoming days and the draft next month. While second-year man Ryan Izzo might be able to fill the blocking role once held by Allen, New England will likely bring in some competition — maybe even in the form of ex-Patriot Martellus Bennett, whose brother Michael Bennett was acquired by the team via trade yesterday.Allen, meanwhile, ends his tenure in New England with a Super Bowl ring as well as 35 in-game appearances. As noted above, he served primarily as a blocker and thus finished his career with the team with a rather pedestrian stat-line of 13 catches for 113 yards and one touchdown. That being said Youth Yodny Cajuste Jersey , his contributions were still valuable — just not at the cost he was scheduled to create in 2019.How OT Isaiah Wynn tearing his Achilles affects the rest of the Patriots offensive line New England Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn tore his Achilles on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and will miss his entire rookie season. It’s always terrible to see a player lost to an injury, but hopefully he’ll be able to return at full strength in 2019 and be a contributor.Wynn was competing for a starting job at tackle and he also offered value on the inside at guard. While Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon are the presumed starters at tackle and Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason are the expected starters at guard, Wynn was the top back-up for all of those positions.This injury changes the entire Patriots depth chart and could alter their initial roster combination. Cannon is still sidelined with an injury that could put his availability in week 1 in jeopardy, so LaAdrian Waddle is now thrust into the starting lineup. The rest of the tackle depth chart consists of seventh-year veteran and 21-game starter Matt Tobin and six-year veteran and 3-game starter Ulrick John. Cole Croston also offers value as a tackle, while starting guard Joe Thuney could kick outside in a pinch as the depth on the interior appears to be a little stronger.I would expect Tobin to be the top back-up and his added versatility and history as a starting guard helps his case to make the roster. Prior to Wynn’s injury, Tobin was a long shot to make the roster. Factor in Cannon’s injury and Tobin is probably a coin flip decision.This affects the rest of the offensive line, too, as Wynn was practicing as a starting left guard when Thuney was sidelined with an injury in the spring, implying his role as a top back-up guard. While Thuney Womens Yodny Cajuste Jersey , David Andrews, and Shaq Mason are roster locks, this re-opens the door for multiple of Ted Karras, Cole Croston, Luke Bowanko, Brian Schwenke, James Ferentz, and Jason King to make the team.The Patriots typically have nine offensive linemen on their roster, but they’ve experienced with eight to free up another roster spot if they have a super-sub that can back-up both the tackle and guard spots (five starters Authentic Yodny Cajuste Jersey , one back-up tackle, one back-up interior, and one back-up super-sub). Waddle and perhaps Karras or Croston or Tobin were the favorites to be the positional back-ups, while Wynn was likely to be the super-sub. But with Wynn out, do the Patriots still have a super-sub? I would argue yes with both Croston and Tobin capable of covering multiple roles on the offensive line. With Cannon battling an injury, I wouldn’t be surprised if both were able to make the team in addition to the positional back-ups (Waddle and Karras are my picks).Losing Wynn shouldn’t affect the Patriots’ ability to win or lose in 2018, but it does hinder the development of a player that was trying to find his place as an undersized tackle in the NFL. I hope that he’ll make a full and speedy recovery so he can pick up where he left off and continue to develop into a starting offensive lineman.
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