Original podcasts, and the shows you missed, on rewind! He played one game at right guard and the rest at left tackle that season before moving to left guard as a junior. This 2019 season is a big one for Thuney. Latest on New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN This is an offense without many claims to this spot. Those words came after Bill Belichick called Thuney “one of our best players, one of our most consistent players” last November. It marked the first time he played the position since the opener of his sophomore year at N.C. State, which turned out to be the only game he ever played at that spot. All of a sudden, the left tackle position has been a revolving door. From 2000 to 2017, Bill Belichick mainly had two starting left tackles – Matt Light and Nate Solder. Although the constant turnover largely affects Tom Brady, it also impacts left guard Joe Thuney. [15], In 2020, with David Andrews out on injured reserve, Thuney was pressed into service at center for the Patriots' Week 3 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. “I think in particular, he’s meant a lot to Trent Brown. [14] He signed the franchise tag on March 20. Joe Thuney might be the ultimate Patriot. The theme of Thuney's short time at right tackle is that the drop-off is much bigger at left guard than it is from Cannon to him. “So it's nice to kind of block all that stuff out and just focus on being here and just trying to improve.”. “(I'm) fortunate to have an agent to take care of all that, so I can just focus on being a better football player,” Thuney said. Since being selected by the Patriots in the third round in 2016, he’s started every single game for the Pats at left guard. Thuney played every offensive snap for the team and helped contain the Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. That included a potential move to left tackle if something went wrong with Isaiah Wynn. [1], His parents Mike and Beth Thuney raised him and their other two children, Mike and Beth, in Kettering, Ohio. Joe Thuney may be the ultimate Patriot. The team also drafted Yodny Cajuste, who started at left tackle at West Virginia, in the third round last month. So I just try to do my role the best I can.". This summer has been different for Thuney, who entered his contract year having to prepare for some emergency scenarios. When asked if the constant turnover at left tackle makes his job even more difficult, Thuney said he simply focuses on doing his job to the best of his ability. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Hopefully Marcus gets back healthy. [11] Thuney made it to his second straight Super Bowl when the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. After Trent Brown started last year, he cashed in with Oakland in March. Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. In his junior year he started at left guard and at left tackle his senior year. Of course, he’s also coming off an Achilles injury.

Everyone being on the same page is really important.". "Everyone on the offensive line is trying to work together,” Thuney said. "Whatever they ask, I’m always willing to do. Thuney won the starting left guard spot to start the season and remained the starter for all 16 regular-season games; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, he played the highest number of snaps of any Patriot in 2016. Thuney handled his like you'd expect the perfect Patriot to handle it. That means the Patriots will have a different starting left tackle for the thir straight season. [16], http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/nc-state/article45383220.html, "Thuney family celebrates another Super Bowl victory", http://www.patriots.com/team/players/roster/joe-thuney, "Patriots player avoided Wonderlic questions so he wouldn't 'scare teams off' with his intelligence", "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017", "Patriots notebook: Rookie guard Joe Thuney plays it cool", "Patriots LG Joe Thuney named to PFWA 2016 All Rookie Team", https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/patriots’-joe-thuney-will-be-first-player-to-start-3-super-bowls-in-first-3-seasons/ar-BBSN9yX?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=edgsp, https://247sports.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/Article/Joe-Thuney-dominated-Aaron-Donald-on-Patriots-TD-drive--128985869/, "Patriots Designate OL Joe Thuney as Franchise Player", "Patriots guard Joe Thuney signs franchise tender", "Patriots OL Joe Thuney showed his value by changing positions", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joe_Thuney&oldid=985629672, Short description is different from Wikidata, New England Patriots currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 00:51.

4. Froze Alualu up the middle, but Sony Michel went for no gain as Bud Dupree slipped by TE Ryan Izzo for the tackle. We’ll see if Thuney’s experience helps the Patriots new left tackle this year. All he best for him, we’re pulling for him.". Choose the plan that’s right for you. All rights reserved.

2. Helped a double-team on LB Vince Williams then blocked LB Anthony Chickillo, helping Rex Burkhead pick up six yards. Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected]. Following Patriots Hall of Famer Bruce Armstrong’s retirement, Light took over the reins for 2001-2011. If a newcomer needs someone to speak with about becoming an offensive lineman in New England, Thuney isn’t a bad person to go. A weak link in this chain could have a ripple effect. FOXBORO – Turnover in the NFL is as inevitable as the sun rising.

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[4] In his junior year he started at left guard and at left tackle his senior year. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, that makes Thuney the first player in NFL history to start in the Super Bowl in each of his first three seasons. Joe’s got three years of experience in our system,” Scarnecchia said during Super Bowl week. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? If a big extension with the Patriots isn’t on the table, he’ll likely cash in come next March. Shaq Mason and David Andrews have been okay but not better than Thuney. Mark Daniels Journal Sports Writer MarkDanielsPJ, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. 5. Thuney was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 78th overall selection, 13 picks before the Patriots drafted his teammate, quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He became the first member of the NC State Wolfpack to be named an All-American since Jim Ritcher in 1979. He also started all three postseason games. NFL reporter Matt Verderame claims that when Thuney took the Wonderlic Personnel Test he avoided answering many of the questions so he would not come off as too smart.[6]. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. Continuity is important on the offensive line. When that Patriots Hall of Famer retired, Solder started from 2012-2017. He didn't face the Steelers' big guns on defense with the game winding down in a blowout for the Pats.

Cut blocked Alualu enough to slow him down, but Michel got dropped for a five-yard loss as the blocking broke down on the left side.

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