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Left tackle Nate Solder was among the New England Patriots’ biggest free agency losses this season – as the seven-year veteran signed a four-year $62 million contract with the New York Giants back in March.

But the Patriots must move on.

Although Solder will be missed, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia likes what he sees in his current options.

“I’m just gonna make this really clear, ok? I really like the guys we have here right now,” Scarnecchia said. “Ok? I mean I really like the guys we have here right now. That’s the good news.”

In order to try to make up for the loss of Solder, the Patriots signed Matt Tobin and resigned LaAdrian Waddle. The team also used moves in the draft to acquire offensive lineman, Isaiah Wynn at No. 23 and picked up Trent Brown in a trade.

The options are there, it’s just a matter of when Scarnecchia can work his magic to find a group that flows well and plays well together. And it’s looking like that time might not come until training camp in August as some of those players work through injuries.

The idea right now is to keep Marcus Cannon at right tackle, while Wynn and Brown compete for the top spot on the left side.

Scarnecchia has a while to figure out all the kinks, and he’s confident he has a great group of guys to do just that.

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Megan Carnahan 5/17/2018 08:32:00 AM Edit
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