Patriots Offensive Line Preview: All About Depth

July 18, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Offensive Line Preview: All About Depth
" With Patriots training camp set to open on July 26, CBSBostonSports will break down the outlook for every position on the roster. Today’s breakdown is on the offensive line.

Position: Offensive Line Major Players: Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Donald Thomas, Nick McDonald On The Bubble: Robert Gallery, Kyle Hix, Matt Koppa, Brian Waters

Outlook

With the very pass-happy New England offense, there is a premium on keeping quarterback Tom Brady from hitting the ground each time he drops back after the snap. Last season, the Patriots did a very good job keeping Brady on his feet, allowing just 32 sacks in the regular season – good for 10th in the NFL (St. Louis surrendered the most sacks in the NFL at 55).

But there have been a few changes to the New England offensive line this season. Luckily, they should have the depth to withstand the loss of an 11-year veteran.

Defensive Line Preview: Carter’s Decision Will Determine Strength

Gone is Matt Light, who spent all 10 of his 11 NFL seasons guarding Tom Brady’s blind side (the other was for Matt Cassell) after being taken in the second round in 2001 "

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