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Despite a series of traumatic setbacks, Solder still has the talent to be a top tackle.

July 13, 2016

This, admittedly, is a bit of a projection. Solder was on an upswing coming out of the 2013 season but then he fell off a bit due to circumstances out of his control: line coach Dante Scarnecchia retired, and he never seemed to mesh with the coaching style of new coach Dave DeGuglielmo. Solder also endured testicular cancer prior to the ’14 season and then missed most of last season with a torn bicep. Most traumatic of all: his infant son is fighting kidney cancer. Solder is still a terrific athlete and with Bill Belichick luring Scarnecchia out of retirement, and with health on his side (and hopefully his son’s), he should have a big bounce-back season.

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