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New England Patriots waive Troy's Antonio Garcia after illness ruins rookie season

New England Patriots waive Troy's Antonio Garcia after illness ruins rookie season

A few practices into training camp previous year, Garcia was sidelined, and the Patriots put him on reserve/non-football illness when the season started.

Although Garcia had been expected to compete for playing time this season, the Patriots beefed up their offensive line by acquiring tackle Trent Brown from the San Francisco 49ers.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported earlier this offseason that doctors had found blood clots in Garcia's lungs a year ago. Over the next few months, New England will be looking for someone to replace Nate Solder, who signed with the Giants during free agency.

The Patriots traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Garcia, whose combination of length and athleticism made him an intriguing long-term prospect.

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"Honest to God truth, I look at it all right now as a blessing", Scarnecchia said, via NESN.com.

"He's played left tackle in the best conference in America", Scarnecchia said, per ESPN's Mike Reiss on Twitter. I think they're going to do everything we're going to ask them to do, and that's all I care about. We're going to take a look at it, and see how it goes."Wynn started 12 games at left guard in 2016 and some viewed him as a guard heading into the draft. And we'll see what we can do from there".

He figured to be a competitor for the left tackle job this year.