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The Patriots Back-up Offensive Line is Really Really Really Bad

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The Patriots finished their first preseason game and the back-ups on the offensive line left a lot to be desired.

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Yes, the New England Patriots have an excuse. None of their four returning starters from 2014 (Nate Solder, Ryan Wendell, Bryan Stork, or Sebastian Vollmer) played against the Packers. The two rookie projected-starting guards (Tre Jackson and Shaq Mason) were easily the best Patriots offensive linemen.

The rest of the offensive line left so much to be desired and it became difficult to even gauge the rest of the offense because of how poorly the line played.

Through three quarters, every Patriots offensive lineman who took the field left plenty to be desired. Some were just outright abysmal.

The preseason is still young, but the health of the starters needs to improve so the depth of the roster will get a chance to play with a quarterback with enough time to stand in the pocket. This offensive line made the Week 1-4 2014 Patriots offensive line look reasonable.