Posts Tagged ‘Nate Solder’

Bryan Stork Held His Ground vs. Bengals, Patriots Followed Suit

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Using a difference combination along the offensive line on Sunday night, the Patriots unlocked the Bengals defensive front. (NFL Game Rewind)

Using a different combination along the offensive line on Sunday night, the Patriots found a way to unlock the Bengals defensive front. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

It has been trial and error for the New England Patriots. But there were very few errors involved when the Patriots deployed a different combination on the interior offensive line against the then-undefeated Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night.

With two-year starting center Ryan Wendell over at right guard, Dan Connolly opposite him at left guard, and rookie Bryan Stork in the middle, the pieces fit into place. And those pieces changed the complexion of New England’s offense on the way to unlocking Cincinnati’s defense.

It it began with aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage. Stork, a fourth-round pick in May, was an integral part of it. The Week 5 game marked only the second start of his season and NFL career, but aside from false start and holding penalties in the third quarter, the game proved to not be too fast for him.

Sometimes, he was too fast for it. (more…)


Second Glance: Observations From Patriots’ 16-9 Win vs. Raiders

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
The Patriots walked away with a win against the Raiders on Sunday. But the team remains unsolidified on both sides of the ball. (Winslow Townson - USA Today Sports Images)

The Patriots walked away with a win against the Raiders on Sunday. But the team remains in flux on both sides of the ball. (Winslow Townson – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

They don’t award style points in the NFL. The New England Patriots’ 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders evidenced why.

The Week 3 home opener at Gillette Stadium netted a total of 10 punts between Oakland’s Marquette King and New England’s Ryan Allen. It saw a total of six field goals between Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski. And by the time defensive tackle Vince Wilfork clung onto his third career interception and the Patriots clung onto the victory, every point in the game had been scored by a player whose last name ended in “-kowski.”

Neither backfield crossed the century mark in rushing. Neither passing game threw for over 235 yards. And combined, the offenses of the Patriots and Raiders converted on just one of six red-zone opportunities.

It wasn’t how it was drawn up. It was, however, more of what it has been for head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots thus far in 2014.

Upon second glance, here are seven observations from Sunday’s tilt. (more…)


Patriots Line Change: How Logan Mankins, Josh Kline Fared After Nate Solder’s Week 15 Exit

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

In wake of Nate Solder’s second concussion in as many games, the Patriots offensive line was forced to make an adjustment. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots had to shuffle the deck during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The change came following a 3rd-and-3 pass play with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Patriots left tackle Nate Solder caught a knee to the helmet after his block sent him to the ground.

The pass ultimately gained six yards and kept New England’s offense on the field. But the 2011 first-round pick was forced to exit.

Solder left for the sidelines to speak with team doctor Thomas Gill and members of the training staff. He did not return.

It was a concussion for Solder, the 25-year-old’s second diagnosed concussion in eight days and the fourth in three seasons. Yet at the time of its occurrence, all head coach Bill Belichick and Co. could do was replace the 6’8”, 320-pounder.

New England elected to do so with five-time All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins. And when Mankins moved over, undrafted rookie guard Josh Kline moved into his place. (more…)


Patriots vs. Eagles: Six Keys to Defeat

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Lets hope this isn’t a lasting image for the 2012 season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

It seems like a lifetime ago that the Eagles beat the Patriots in the second preseason game of the season, but I assure you it wasn’t. It was only two days ago.

The Patriots took an odd approach in this game benching many of their key players due to the fact that they have three games in the span of ten days.

Like all preseason games, there was some good and some bad, so instead of my usual six keys to defeat, I’ll split it up and do three good keys and three bad keys.

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Patriots vs Eagles: Preseason Aftermath

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Patriots Eagles Hoyer

The Patriots makeshift offensive line struggled again against the Eagles. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Here are my initial thoughts on the Patriots vs Eagles preseason game. We’ll be back with a full film-room analysis tomorrow.

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Musket Blasts: Patriots Gameday Links, Preseason Week One

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Left Tackle Nate Solder

Left Tackle Nate Solder has been one of the few constants on the Patriots offensive line during training camp. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Patriots gameday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

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Ranking the Patriots Roster from #90 to #1

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Patriots Training Camp

The Patriots roster might be the deepest in the league from 1-90. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots pre-season roster is deep – really deep. Just how deep are they? Well, I decided to take an in depth look at the current roster and rank the players from top to bottom based on a combination of talent and the likelihood they will make the team.

It really paints a picture of how deep the roster is and how many tough decisions the coaching staff will be faced with as training camp moves forward.

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