Thursday, April 4, 2013

Patriots' left tackle a good Solder on and off field


Offensive lineman Nate Solder isn’t one of the most recognizable face on the New England Patriots.

So while introducing himself to a group of Eliot Elementary School kids in Boston Wednesday, he gave the youngsters some helpful advice on how to easily identify him during a game.

"I'm the one your dad is yelling at when Tom Brady gets sacked," Solder joked, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald(photo: Beth Hart, Flickr)

The crack seemed to work as a solid icebreaker to Solder’s participation with the Harlem Globetrotters in an anti-bullying assembly at the school, which was sponsored in part by the Patriots’ Celebrate Volunteerism program.

All joking aside, there hasn’t been much reason for screams directed toward Solder since his arrival in 2011. Solder has started 29 of 32 games in his two years in the league, allowing eight sacks and 14 hits in that time, according to Pro Football Focus.

The former first-round pick has shown steady improvement in his short career, this despite having to make the move to left tackle after Matt Light’s departure. Solder's overall rating among tackles from PFF jumped from 28th in 2011 to 17th in 2012, making marked improvement in both the running game and in pass protection.

The former Colorado product is halfway through his four-year, $8.5 million contract and is set to make around $1.2 million this season.

Check out this link for more on Solder’s visit to Eliot Elementary.

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