Patriots OTs Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer will need to keep the Dolphins' outside 'backers from disrupting Tom Brady's rhythm.
The Patriots did not draft the best player available, nor did they address the need on defense, but they took a guy who could be the tackle of the future in Nate Solder.
This is the fifth in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots' personnel entering the 2011 offseason. Today, we analyze New England's offensive line situation.
The matchup between two breakout players — Patriots ORT Sebastian Vollmer and Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake — will be a fun one to watch.
Nolan Nawrocki analyzes Patriots ORT Sebastian Vollmer from a scout's perspective, detailing his positives and negatives.
The Packers' best chance to rattle Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense is for Clay Matthews to come up with a big game.
The most veteran unit on the first-place Patriots' squad is the offensive line, but free agency and retirement could cause some shuffling in that unit next season.
For the Bears' cover-2 defense to be effective against the Patriots, Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije need to get into the backfield and disrupt QB Tom Brady's rhythm.
Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player or area of the team that is most under the microscope. This week, OTs Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer are the choice.
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers: Patriots offensive line vs. Steelers linebackers
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week Seven game between the Patriots and Chargers:
Here's a key matchup to watch heading into Monday night's game between the Patriots and Dolphins:
Here's a look at a key matchup in the trenches when the Patriots host the Bills this Sunday.
April's draft has recently become the reason for the Patriots' continued success with home-grown talent all over the field in 2010, including CB Devin McCourty.
Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer was a pleasant surprise as a rookie, but it remains to be seen if he would be more likely to start at left or right tackle.