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Nate Solder has recovered from a shaky preseason.
New England's offensive line looked like a serious threat during the preseason—for all the wrong reasons.
In four exhibition games, the Pats' blockers allowed 10 sacks, per NFL.com. The quarterbacks were being hit left and right, and offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was left to watch the mess unfold.
But in times of worry, it's important to remember that Scarnecchia has 43 years of coaching under his belt. He's seen the best out of his blockers, so he defends them to the brink.
Case in point: Nate Solder.
The second-year left tackle has had an up-and-down season. When he's not saving quarterback Tom Brady's blindside, he's fighting off the Matt Light comparisons.
When asked about the 2011 first-rounder on Aug. 23, Scarnecchia stood firm, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. Scarnecchia said he thinks “Nate Solder is a better player today than he was all of last year. You figure that out. Next question.”
Scarnecchia's assessment has proved to be an accurate one.
Two games into the regular season, the O-line crisis hasn't been as dreadful as previously thought. In total, five sacks have been allowed.
The protection certainly hasn't been great, but hasn't been horrible, either. For a group that's moving on from Dan Koppen, Matt Light and perhaps Brian Waters, things must be put in contrast.