Giants left tackle Nate Solder believes that the offensive line will continue to grow as a unit. He mentioned in the video above that he's looking forward to working with the additions of guard Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers, two veteran presences this year.
Head coach Pat Shurmur praised Solder for bringing stability to the left tackle position last year.
"He’s a pro," he said . I think any time you can add a really good player to your team that’s a professional that’s been through it, not only been through it but won championships. You learn things by being around it and being a part of it. I think all along he’s been kind of able to talk about those things in a positive way, and I think that rubs off on our team."
Solder is currently recovering from recent ankle surgery that kept him out of the latter part of spring practices. He told the media that he feels "really good" but left some ambiguity regarding whether he'd be ready for training camp.
""Well, I don’t want to say that," he said when asked if training camp would be no big issue, "but I am taking it one day at a time and that perspective is very good."
Does that mean he won't be 100% ready for camp?
"Am I 100 percent sure? I mean, it’s hard to say. I take one day at a time. I am on a great path right now and am getting better every day," he said.
Don't be surprised if, come training camp, Solder is initially limited in his snaps so that he gets extra time to make sure he's fully recovered from his surgery.
There's no reason to rush Solder back. Besides the fact that he's a veteran player entering year two of this system, unlike last year, he doesn't have a rookie that came from a smaller program lining up next to him who is in need of a little ore hand-holding.
Since Will Hernandez, the left guard, has a better idea of what to do, he should be able to get by without Solder, at least in the beginning. But as training camp progresses and the start of the regular season inches closer, don't be surprised if Solder sees an increase in reps so that he's in game shape for the start of the season.
(Static photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK)