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Nate Solder | Tackle

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 320
College: Colorado
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Patriots exercised LT Nate Solder's fifth-year club option for 2015.
Solder, the 17th overall pick out of Colorado in the 2011 draft, has started 44 of a possible 48 regular-season games since entering the league and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 left tackle in 2013. He excels both in pass protection and as a run blocker. Solder will earn a little over $7 million in 2015. Apr 23 - 7:14 PM

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Patriots LT Nate Solder (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Solder has suffered concussions in each of his last two games and will be held out this week against the Ravens. Logan Mankins will likely move over from left guard to replace Solder in the starting lineup.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder (head) returned to practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. In two straight weeks, Solder has sustained a head injury. And in two straight weeks, he's going to suit up the following Sunday. Solder has been an anchor on Tom Brady's blind side this year, grading out as the league's No. 7 left tackle according to Pro Football Focus.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder was forced from New England's Week 15 game against the Dolphins with a "head" injury, and will not return.

Solder's "head" injury is almost certainly a concussion, which would be his second in as many weeks after the Patriots rushed him back for Week 15. It's a troubling development, and has Solder very dicey for Week 16. LG Logan Mankins has kicked over to left tackle, with Josh Kline checking in at left guard.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder has passed his concussion test.

Solder suffered a concussion in last week's win over the Browns, but won't end up missing any time. He was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday and is fully expected to play despite being listed as questionable.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 09:11:00 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder (concussion) returned to practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. Solder has already been cleared after his concussion was discovered following Sunday's win over the Browns. Tom Brady will almost certainly have his blind-side protector this week.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Patriots LT Nate Solder (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Solder didn't miss a single snap last week, so it looks like symptoms cropped up after the game. PFF's No. 8 left tackle will be in a race to get cleared ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Patriots LT Nate Solder says he allowed "more pressures than I'd like" last season.

Taking over for a retired Matt Light, Solder graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 12 left tackle. Solid for a first-year blindside protector, though Solder did allow 28 hurries. For comparison's sake, PFF's top three left tackles allowed an average of 15 hurries. Going into his third season, the 6-foot-8, 319-pound former first-round pick has nowhere to go but up.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, May 7, 2013 04:50:00 PM

Nate Solder hinted Saturday he expects to be the Patriots' left tackle in 2012 if Matt Light retires.

Solder said he would have to "earn" the job, but also believes he was drafted to eventually be the Pats' left tackle. He may have to technically compete with Sebastian Vollmer, but would be the heavy favorite, with Vollmer likely to remain at right tackle. Light has stayed mostly mum on his future, but suggested last weekend he hasn't closed the book on returning for a 12th NFL season.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 02:37:00 PM

Nate Solder lined up as a tight end on 11.1 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps in 2011.

He was used as a blocker, of course, drawing zero targets. Solder was a tight end in college before converting to offensive tackle as a sophomore. With starters Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer both expected back in 2012, it's possible Solder could see another heavy dose of snaps at tight end. The position flexibility keeps Solder's value high, even if he's a "backup."
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 10:21:00 AM

Patriots OT Nate Solder has been added to the injury report with a concussion, and is questionable for Week 10.

The fact that Solder is just now being added to the injury report obviously suggests he suffered the injury in practice on Friday. Despite his questionable tag, his chances of taking the field against the Jets are extremely low. Sebastian Vollmer was already in line to make his second straight start at right tackle, so the injury is not a huge blow for the Pats offense.
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 12:55:00 PM

If the Cowboys had succeeded in trading down on draft day, they would have concentrated on landing Nate Solder.

"We liked Nate Solder very much," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was one of the three tackles that we considered strongly in the first round. ... We thought he was an outstanding player, certainly a first-round pick." Billed as a highly athletic developmental player, Solder has exceeded expectations as a fill-in starter early on for the Patriots.
Tue, Oct 11, 2011 07:26:00 PM

Rookie RT Nate Solder will remain a part of the Patriots' rotation at tackle once fellow RT Sebastian Vollmer returns from his back injury.

"I would cycle three of those guys in. (LT Matt Light), Solder, and Vollmer," HC Bill Belichick said on Friday. "I think they’d all play." Solder stood tall in New England's Week 1 win over the Dolphins, manhandling Pro Bowl OLB Cameron Wake more than once. He could be in line for more snaps than a typical swing tackle.
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 12:27:00 PM

With Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer sidelined by a back injury, first-round pick Nate Solder is in line to start against the Dolphins on Monday.

Vollmer has missed three straight practices, and is considered unlikely to suit up on Monday. As long as Vollmer's injury doesn't linger, Solder should be relegated to swing duties as a rookie.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 10:14:00 AM

Patriots HC Bill Belichick has confirmed first-round pick Nate Solder will see snaps at right tackle this season.

"Well, if he’s our third tackle, our swing tackle with (Matt) Light and (Sebastian) Vollmer, then that’s what he’s going to have to do," Belichick said. Solder was taken at No. 17 overall to serve as the Patriots' new blindside protector, but was relegated to swing duties when Light was re-signed. He should be a starter in 2012.
Sun, Sep 4, 2011 09:29:00 AM

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