New England Patriots: Ben McAdoo takes a shot at Nate Solder

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Nate Solder /

Former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder recently had former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, take a shot at him.

Arguably the biggest loss for the New England Patriots this offseason was Nate Solder signing with the New York Giants. As the left tackle, replacing Solder is going to be no easy task for the Patriots.

With training camp starting up soon, the Patriots still don’t know who will be their left tackle, as they will likely be choosing between Isaiah Wynn and Trent Brown. However, seeing the contract that Solder received from the Giants, it is certainly understandable why the Patriots let him go.

Solder hit the jackpot with the Giants, as he signed a four-year, $62 million deal this offseason. The $15.5 million average that Solder has with the Giants is the highest in the NFL, but he fills a desperate need for the team.

Recently, former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo made some interesting comments about the Solder signing. Here’s what he had to say to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

"“Getting a left tackle in there will help them in a lot of ways,” McAdoo told Schwartz. “I don’t think he’s (Solder) a very good player, but I think it will help them in a lot of ways where they needed help in that room in the past and they haven’t had anyone to do that”"

The comments made by McAdoo are pretty surprising, as he is clearly taking a shot at Solder. While Solder is not the best left tackle in the NFL, he is certainly a good player and wouldn’t have been the starting left tackle for one of the best teams in the league if he wasn’t.

According to Pro Football Focus, Solder received a grade of a 75.7 last season, which ranked him 32nd among all tackles in the NFL. While that is certainly not worthy of becoming the highest paid left tackle in the league, he also wasn’t a bad player like McAdoo is saying.

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As the Giants try to bounce back in 2018, having a solid left tackle like Solder will certainly help. Solder will be able to protect the blindside of Eli Manning, which should help the Giants’ offense immensely next season.