New England Patriots Links 5/08/12 - Nate Solder Expected to be Tested Early at Left Tackle

Nate Solder is sure to be tested early as pass rushers will look to exploit any weakness to get to Brady.

Field Yates reports Nate Solder will most likely fill the void left by retired LT Matt Light.

"He’s done a great job for us," left guard Logan Mankins said of Solder. "Last year we were very impressed with Nate, and I think he’s only going to get better this year. He better get better, because that’s we want him to do and expect of him. He’s putting in the work right now to get on the road to getting better and being a very good tackle."

For Solder, that could mean many memorable bouts against players like Coples, Williams and Wake, much like those with Dwight Freeney and other previous AFC East foes that Light reflected on during his retirement ceremony on Monday.

With early season games against teams such as Denver, Baltimore and Buffalo that boast talented pass rushing defenses, it may not be long before Solder has his chance to prove he’s up for the full-time task.

Mark Daniels notes Dante Scarnecchia wasn't so quick to anoint Nate Solder as Matt Light's replacement.

"Eleven-year starter, that’s always hard to replace. But we’re playing games in September, and they count. We have to replace him," Scarnecchia said. "Basically, that’s it. It is what it is, like Bill always says. He’s a great guy, he’s going to be tough to replace. We’ve lost guys out of here before, and we have guys we think can do a good job for us."

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