Training Camp Roster Watch: Offensive Linemen

Training Camp Roster Watch: Offensive Linemen
July 23, 2014, 8:30 am
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We're breaking down the personnel and pecking order at each position as the Patriots prepare to open camp this week. 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Logan Mankins, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Josh Kline, Bryan Stork, Jon Halapio, Cameron Fleming, Jordan Devey, Chris Barker, Braxton Cave, Chris Martin

Assuming good health, you can lock in the left side of the offensive line. Mankins might not be the player he was five years ago, but he's so reliable and so in-tune with what the Patriots are doing on a snap-to-snap basis you could argue he's still the most valuable player in the group -- especially as the team begins to adjust to life without Dante Scarnecchia under new offensive line coach Dave DuGuglielmo. Solder is rounding into one of the best tackles in the league and should only get better as he builds his file of NFL experience. Last season he allowed 35 combined sacks, hits and hurries, according to Pro Football Focus, which was sixth-best in the league among tackles. Vollmer looked healthy in minicamp and has avoided the PUP list as he comes off of a season-ending broken ankle. Looks like you can go ahead and pencil him in at right tackle, though last year's swing man Cannon performed well in Vollmer's absence. Connolly will make about $4 million this season if he's on the roster so he'll have to significantly outplay Cannon, Kline and the rookie out of Florida, Halapio, to earn his money. Wendell had what was at times a shaky season in protection, but he should still have the inside track on the job at center. He was outstanding two seasons ago and could recapture that form. Stork -- who has the size edge on Wendell -- will give him some competition in camp. Fleming, the rookie aeronautics and astronautics major out of Stanford, will add depth at tackle while Devey, Barker, Cave and Martin will are likely destined for the practice squad.