Poll: Strength of Patriots offensive line

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The Patriots are holding a retirement news conference for left tackle Matt Light on Monday morning, a time dedicated to what Light has meant to the franchise over the last 11 years.

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Did the Patriots do enough to bolster their offensive line?

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Discuss (Total votes: 6,960)

While the team will recognize Light's work, one question to ponder is the team's work in plugging some of the holes along the line for 2012 and beyond.

Nate Solder, the 2011 first-round draft choice from Colorado who drew raves from line coach Dante Scarnecchia for his work last season, is expected to take over for Light at left tackle.

Pro Bowl starting left guard Logan Mankins is recovering from ACL surgery this offseason and his availability for the start of training camp remains somewhat of a question mark .

Dan Connolly and Dan Koppen return at center, where there should be a solid competition between them, with Ryan Wendell and Nick McDonald also in the mix. Connolly, Wendell and McDonald also have taken snaps at guard.

Veteran right guard Brian Waters is still under contract, and the club also signed veteran Robert Gallery -- who probably projects best to guard -- to add another layer of competition.

At right tackle, 2010 second-team All-Pro Sebastian Vollmer enters the final year of his contract as he looks to bounce back from an '11 season shortened because of injury. Marcus Cannon, the 2011 fifth-round pick, adds depth at that spot, and also at right guard.

The Patriots have some other young linemen in the pipeline, but these are the key parts.

Will it be good enough?

Share your thoughts in the accompanying poll and in the comments section of the blog.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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