The Patriots released their 2017 third round pick Tony Garcia this past week with a non-football related injury diagnosis. The former tackle out of Troy sat out the entire 2017 season due to blood clots in his lungs. Despite mentioning on social media that he had been cleared to play in April, New England released him with a “failed physical designation”.
This move helps explain some of the team’s insistence on loading up on the offensive line. Clearly, they had some concern about Garcia’s health heading into 2018, which may be why they drafted Isaiah Wynn and traded for Trent Brown.
This is certainly a disappointing turn of events, as it would have been interesting to see how the former third-round pick performed. The Patriots need all the help they can get at offensive tackle, and Garcia clearly showed potential coming out of college. Hopefully, Garcia’s health can improve to the point that he gets a legitimate shot at the NFL. For the Patriots, this narrows down their options at tackle slightly. However, it will likely still be heavily competition-based, which will produce the best option for the team.
Until next time – B$