After the first week of the NFL season, there is already cause for concern regarding the New England Patriots' offensive line.
The line was a problem entering into the season, and despite a strong showing in the opening game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles, it is an even greater concern now than it was before the season began.
This is owing to the fact that the whole starting unit was listed on the injury report ahead to Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins,
which was played at Hard Rock Stadium. On Thursday, practice was skipped by Trent Brown and Sidy Sow, while David Andrews, Mike Enwenu, and Cole Strange were all limited in their participation.
The offensive line has been decimated, so the Patriots are looking for whatever possible assistance they can get. Free agent offensive tackle La'el Collins is one option that particularly appeals to them in this regard.
The news that the Patriots are apparently interested in signing the lineman who formerly played for the Cincinnati Bengals
and the Dallas Cowboys is music to the ears of the running back Ezekiel Elliott. On Thursday, Elliott, who played with Collins for six seasons in Dallas, lobbied the Patriots to sign his close friend. Collins was a teammate of Elliott's during those seasons.
Elliott stated to the press, "It would mean the world to me if LC were here." "LC is one of my closest and most trusted friends. We're not far off at all. It would be wonderful if he could come up here."
He joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and remained with the organization for a total of seven seasons, but he was suspended for the entirety of the 2020 campaign.
After being cut loose by the Cowboys in 2022, he eventually joined the Bengals as a free agent.