Nate Solder: ‘I need to improve on my technique’
|08.21.12 at 2:50 am ET|
FOXBORO — Nate Solder isn’t about to doubt himself now.
After another rough outing at starting left tackle, he was asked about his transition to the spot once held by Matt Light.
“Well, I spent a lot time there with OTAs and now a lot of camp,” Solder said after New England’s 27-17 loss to the Eagles Monday night. “I feel good there and I want to continue to work there and get better at that spot. I need to improve on my technique sometimes.”
The fact of the matter is that the Patriots offensive line could look drastically different come opening day in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans. Logan Mankins could be starting at left guard. Brian Waters could be coming back from his extended summer break and Sebastian Vollmer could finally be healthy.
The only way Solder is going to feel confident, though, is to show he can handle the best competition in the game.
That was certainly not a problem Monday night as Trent Cole, Cullen Jenkins and Derek Landri came after the quarterback with intensity.
‘We worked hard; we tried to take the most from it that we could,” Solder said. “They absolutely are great pass rushers, so it’s a great challenge for us and it’s a great way to keep learning and getting better.’
So, the big question is: Does Solder feel like he and the line are getting better?
‘It’s a building process and this is the next step,” Solder said. “As long as we keep continuing to get better every day, that’s kind of my goal right now.’
Solder was on the field as Brian Hoyer was sacked twice and the running game could generate only 60 yards in 29 carries.
“They’re great pass rushers and that’s kind of their focus, definitely,” Solder said. “It’s definitely an exciting proposition to come against those good pass rushers like that, that are really trying to get pressure on the quarterback, and that’s their focus. Going into that game, that was a great challenge for us.”
It also goes a long ways toward explaining why Tom Brady didn’t take one snap in the game.