Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in 2014.
The unit did pave the way for another potent ground-attack, and received heavy praise for its role in the emergence of LeGarrette Blount late in the season.
Health could play a huge role in the unit’s improvement this season. Sebastian Vollmer’s campaign ended pre-maturely a year ago, and Nate Solder missed time which even forced Logan Mankins to start a game at tackle. A season with no major injuries should be all the team needs to lower Brady’s sack totals, and maintain success on the ground, without Blount. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer »