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Patriots rookie progress report

Taking a step back at the bye to evaluate how far they've come after six weeks

Updated: October 19, 2011, 8:49 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the New England Patriots took Nate Solder with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, he was dubbed the left tackle of the future. What perhaps even Solder didn't know at the time was that he was also the right tackle of the right now.

With Sebastian Vollmer limited to one game this season due to a lingering back injury, Solder stepped into an immediate starting role on an overhauled right side of the line. He has started five of six games for ...

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