The five most important players to the New England Patriots playoff run

Can you believe it’s already Week 16? It seems like the season just started, but here we are, only two weeks away from the start of the playoffs. So, as we get ready for the games that really matter, let’s take a look at which players will be most important to the Patriots Super Bowl run: 5. Nate Solder Let’s be honest, Nate Solder hasn’t had the best year. And while the...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Film breakdown: Takeaways from San Diego

AP PhotoIt was a hard-fought game throughout the night, but in the end your Patriots were too much for the now 8-5 Chargers. The Patriots offense struggled for much of the game, including a tough-to-watch stretch of four consecutive 3-and-outs during the third quarter, but awoke late in the game to score 10 in the fourth quarter and escape with the win. The team was able to survive...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Victory in Adversity: Week 14 Risers and Fallers

Last week, the Patriots allowed the Green Bay Packers to dictate the way they played the football game.  The Packers controlled the time of possession heavily.  The Patriots abandoned their run game early and became one dimensional.   The New England defense refrained from going hard at Aaron Rodgers and gave him all day to throw.  It almost seemed as if the Patriots, who had...
Via Foxboro Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Solder struggles in first half, makes adjustments

Ric Tapia/APSolder was simply decimated by whoever lined up against him in the first half. Whether it was Melvin Ingram head butting him or Dwight Freeney spinning around him Solder looked like he had never played in the NFL before. In the first half the Patriots were in a 3rd and goal situation and Igram simply overpowered Nate Solder and reached Brady. He also hit Blount in the...
Via Patriots Life
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Dave DeGuglielmo: No Magic Formula To O-Line’s Improvement

FOXBORO, Mass. — Don’t feel bad if Dave DeGuglielmo never responded to your text message. The New England Patriots offensive line coach, a Cambridge, Mass., native, wasn’t only receiving criticism from the media when his unit struggled to start the season but also his friends and family. DeGuglielmo took over for longtime Patriots assistant Dante Scarnecchia, and after the...
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting Patriots vs Broncos Week 9 - PatriotsLife roundtable

It's pretty obvious that when you poll a couple Patriots bloggers, they are probably going to pick their team to win. So, instead we look at where we do differ- the final score.Here's a roundup of some of our writers predictions for the team's upcoming game - Denver vs New England. -------- Mike Saver (@MikeASaver)Broncos by 11I think the Broncos may end up going down as one of...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five matchups to watch in Week 9

Here are some of the most intriguing matchups to watch in Sunday’s slate of action. 1. Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware vs. Patriots LT Nate Solder The big clash in the AFC this week is loaded with intriguing individual matchups. Last season, the Broncos lacked a standout rusher opposite Von Miller, so they went out and added Ware in free agency. He’s been a huge addition, with 7.0 sacks...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The top-three match ups to watch in New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

As we approach the New England Patriots’ Week 9 tilt against the Denver Broncos, everyone will be (and are probably already) boiling it down to the quarterbacks. Yes, this is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning going “head-to-head” for the 16th time in their storied careers. However, I’m quick to point out there won’t be a moment when those two will be battling each other directly…unless...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Solder/Vollmer vs. Ware/Miller match-up looms large this Sunday

Through the first four games of the regular season, the porous offensive line of the Patriots presented massive problems for Tom Brady. He was crushed by the Dolphins, Raiders, and Chiefs, and was clearly rattled. His play suffered, as did the team's performance.Nate Solder, regarded as the most talented member of the line and a borderline elite left tackle was more of a matador...
Via Patriots Life
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Best O-line groupings begin to emerge: a look at the advanced stats

With another strong offensive performance, it looked like the Patriots had found an offensive line grouping that they could finally depend on. But with a string of injuries towards the end of the game, the putrid units that took charge in weeks one through four were reunited, and instantly looked awful again. As I wrote last week after the Bengals victory, the individual performances...
Via Patriots Life
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

O-line turns it around: a look at the advanced stats

Boy was that something special, huh?Perhaps it took being on the verge of a crisis to truly appreciate the fortitude that lies deeply ingrained within this franchise but time after time it shows up and it never ceases to amaze me. While there was a display of resiliency from everyone who took to the Foxborough turf on Sunday night against the Bengals, one of the finest examples was...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Patriots Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders?

Kyle:  Talk to me on Monday about this one. If they play the best team in football close Sunday, or somehow, miraculously win, then they can be considered contenders. As they stand today, the Pats are NOT Super Bowl contenders as of today. My sense is there are too many leaks in this Titanic to fix on a short week. Rick:  At this point, the Patriots are not legitimate Super...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s the real reason for the New England Patriots’ offensive failures?

There are a lot of fingers to be pointed after a 41-14 loss. Particularly in New England, where this type of disaster doesn’t strike very often (not since Week 1 in 2003, a 31-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills). While the Patriots’ defense, in particular, has come under heightened scrutiny after letting a mediocre Kansas City Chiefs offense run rampant for 60 minutes, it seems like...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Offensive Line Improvement Key to 2014

Improvement by Nate Solder will have an impact on New England Offense. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne/US Presswire The New England Patriots prepare for a Monday Night match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs in week four with numerous question marks three weeks into the 2014 NFL season. On defense, the Patriots have been jumping between the 3-4 and 4-3 alignment and moving pass rushers...
Via The Sports Journal
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Nate Solder: ‘I’d Like To Shore Up My Pass Protection’

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s not shocking to see the New England Patriots’ offensive line struggle after captain Logan Mankins and coach Dante Scarnecchia departed before the 2014 season, but it is surprising to see Tom Brady heavily pressured from his blind side. That’s where franchise left tackle Nate Solder is supposed to be holding down the fort, but the starting left tackle...
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Connolly, Patriots’ Offensive Line Have No Answers As Unit Struggles

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ offensive line doesn’t know what went wrong against the Oakland Raiders yet. They’ll need to check the film. That’s the company line at Gillette Stadium this season, and without any clear-cut answer after three weeks, it appears quarterback Tom Brady will continue to see his football career flash before his eyes every time he...
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots lose season opener 33-20 to Dolphins

The Patriots are in last place in the AFC East after opening up the season with a 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Although it’s  only week 1, it’s a tough pill to swallow for a team that came into the season looking very promising. The first obvious point of focus has to be on the offensive line, which was ineffective to say the least. Nate Solder, Marcus...
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-200 NFL Players: 76-100 (2014)

76. OT Nate Solder (New England) Nate Solder will continue to start at left tackle for the Patriots. The 2011 1st round was Pro Football Focus’ 17th ranked offensive tackle in his first year as a starter in 2012 and then took it to the next level in 2013, grading out 9th. He was abused by Von Miller, but there’s no shame in that and he was very good the rest of the season....
Via The Football Fan Spot
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots players shocked, saddened by Logan Mankins trade

The New England Patriots locker room was shocked and surprised Tuesday to learn Pro Bowl guard and co-captain Logan Mankins was dealt to Tampa Bay in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick. “We came in here and were shocked,” cornerback and fellow co-captain Devin McCourty said. “We’re friends, we’re like a family in here. I don’t...
Via Sports-Glory
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Vollmer headlines those absent at practice today

Sebastian Vollmer has worked all over the offensive line this training camp. Traditionally the team's right tackle, he's swapped with Nate Solder for Tom Brady's blind side at times thus far.Today Vollmer was missing from practice, the second straight day.@CPriceNFL reports Hooman, Siliga, Vollmer, Chris Jones, DJ. Williams, Gordon, Martin, Gaffney not practicing with #Patriots Tuesday—...
Via Patriots Life
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Patriots secret for building team chemistry

USA TodayIf you follow the New England Patriots for even a short amount of time you'll notice the word versatile is said a lot. Its said about the team in general. About their schemes and looks on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. And more importantly its said about their players.Whenever they lose a player to injury they seem to be able to put the next guy in and not...
Via Patriots Life
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Training Camp Report: Jerod Mayo still missing, Nate Solder injured in walkthrough

As is customary for the team before a game, the Eagles and Patriots ran through a light walkthrough today at practice.So, the biggest news to come out of today really has to do with attendance.Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo was missing for the third straight practice. No injury has been reported and so we are all in the dark as to what is keeping him out. Big names like Michael Hoomanwanui...
Via Patriots Life
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Nate Solder leads Patriots offensive line struggles

The Redskins Brian Orakpo beats the Patriots Nate Solder and sacks Ryan Mallett (photo by Keith Nordstrom of the New England Patriots)The New England Patriots lost 23-6 to the Washington Redskins in Maryland last night. It wasn’t close and it wasn’t pretty. Patriots quarterbacks were 14 of 25. Patriots runningbacks ran 24 times for a mere 63 yards. They were a mediocre six of...
Via Patriots Life
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Talk: Patriots Offensive Tackles

The quarterback is obviously the most important position on a football team. Yet for any quarterback to be successful he needs to be protected well. This makes, to many, offensive tackle the second most important position on the team. On the Patriots, this position is even more important because the tackles have the task of protecting one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Tom...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Patriots’ Offensive Line Top the League in 2014?

#180239296 / The Patriots’ offensive line took a hit last year when Sebastian Vollmer, arguably the best right tackle in the league at the time, missed half of the season with a terrible leg injury. But despite the injury, the Patriots’ offensive line managed to support a well-balanced and solid offense. Left tackle Nate Solder pass blocked 647 times last season...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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