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
7 days ago  |  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...
Via Patriots Life
15 days ago  |  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...
Via Foxboro Blog
16 days ago  |  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...
Via cover32 - Patriots
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tamba Hali will be big challenge for struggling Nate Solder

Nate Solder was honest when asked about the Patriots’ offensive line last week. He simply said it needs to get better. Things won’t get any easier for the tackle or the rest of the offensive line when the Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Their opponents are second in the NFL with 11 sacks this season, and are led by the dangerous Tamba Hali. Entering...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  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...
27 days ago  |  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....
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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...
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August 27, 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

Police: Patriots’ Nate Solder Has $10K Ring Stolen From House By Contractor

New England Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder might invest in a safe before he leaves contractors alone in his Foxboro home again. Police told The Herald News that Manuel Faria, who was insulating Solder’s attic, stole a $10,000 Tiffany ring belonging to Solder’s girlfriend in April and pawned it for $150. Faria was arrested this week on a single count of larceny under...
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Police: Worker stole $10K ring from Nate Solder's home

All I can say is, this shady contractor/thief got played big time by a pawn shop… According to police, a Fall River, Massachusetts man working at the home of New England Patriots OL Nate Solder stole a $10,000 Tiffany diamond ring belonging to Solder’s girlfriend, then sold it to a pawn shop for a measly $150. Then on top of that, he was of course busted for the crime. Manuel...
Via Low Brow Sports
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots O-line still working to get back to 100 percent

BY DAN BEGNOCHEAs OTAs hit the halfway point for the New England Patriots, there have been some sizeable absences thus far among the masses. About 1,000 combined pounds worth, to be precise.Finishing up Day 6 of the team’s 10-day workout schedule, three big bodies have yet to enter into full-speed team activities – starting left tackle Nate Solder, starting right tackle Sebastian...
Via AFC East Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Snubbed? New England Patriots OT Nate Solder not named top-10 in the NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster breakdown: Offensive line

With the off-season workouts started, rookies working to learn the playbook, and the coaches assessing the depth chart there is a clearer picture of what the New England Patriots 2014 roster will look like at training camp this summer. Undrafted Free Agent signings are just about complete with teams having just a few roster spots open. This continues the off-season series analyzing...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing the 2011 Draft: New England Patriots

When it comes to grading team’s in the NFL Draft, it takes 3 years to properly asses a team’s success. Last week, I graded the New York Jets draft. That article can be found here: Continuing along with grading 2011 drafts, up next is the New England Patriots. Going into the 2011 draft, the Pats were seen...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2011 ESPN Draft - New England Patriots 17th Draft Pick Nate...

2011 ESPN Draft - New England Patriots 17th Draft Pick Nate Solder Colorado Buffalo (by THEENWFG)
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Caserio: Patriots Won’t Pass On Good Player In Draft To Fill Need

The New England Patriots selected two wide receivers last year, but they could address the position again in the 2014 NFL draft. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the Patriots don’t want to pass on a good player just because it might not fill an immediate need. Caserio pointed to when the Patriots selected offensive tackle Nate Solder No. 17 overall in the 2011 draft...
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots pick up Nate Solder’s option

The New England Patriots have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive lineman Nate Solder. Can confirm earlier reports of the Pats exercising 5th year option on Nate Solder. Absolute no brainer #patriotstalk — Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 24, 2014 Solder has only missed one game over the past two years. Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots pick up Nate Solder's $7.4 million option for 2015

Solder will be a Patriot for the next two yearsAccording to multiple reports, the Patriots have exercised the fifth year option on left tackle Nate Solder's rookie contract. Solder will stay under contract for one more year at a cost of $7.4 million.Every first round pick of the 2011 draft had a CBA mandated fifth-year team option tacked onto their four-year rookie deals. Players...
Via Patriots Life
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots exercise Nate Solder’s fifth-year option

The New England Patriots have exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Nate Solder’s contract. One more player officially had his 5th year option exercised on Wednesday – T Nate Solder (New England) — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 23, 2014 Solder will be paid the average salary of the top 25 players at offensive lineman, minus the top three. The projected...
Via Sports-Glory
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

RPT: Patriots exercise fifth-year option on Solder

BY SCOTT BAINESNate Solder has started 44 of the 47 regular season games he’s played in for the New England Patriots over his first three NFL seasons.That, and his ever-improving play, gave the Patriots enough reason to exercise the fifth-year option on the left tackle's contract. The move, which was expected, was first reported by CBS Sports Wednesday and confirmed by multiple...
Via AFC East Daily
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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