Solder will step up for Light when time comes

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Solder will step up for Light when time comes

FOXBORO -- Reports of Matt Light's impending retirement have likely reached Nate Solder's ears. But if the team has had internal discussions of how one tackle's career will impact the other's, Solder isn't saying.

"I don't know what my role is going to be," he told reporters Thursday. "Right now, my mindset is to get better. There's a lot I have to improve on and that's what I'm going to work on right now and improve on."

Little else was expected from the second-year Patriot. Solder said at a March Pop Warner event that he does feel he was brought to New England to be a starter, and that he's excited at the prospect. But Solder's tone was respectfully different with the end of Light's career seemingly around the corner.

"Matt's been great," he said. "He helps me -- he helps me to continue to develop. He knows a lot about the game. He has a ton of experience. It's been really good having him here."

Being compared to Light's 11-year career could daunt even a 6-foot-8, 310-pound Patriot. Experience carries its own weight, after all. Solder said that, despite the fact he's no longer a rookie, he's "still the new guy" in some respects.

Think of the leadership that will be lost with Light's departure.

Solder was reminded of the draft day call he received from Logan Mankins. The then six-year veteran wanted to welcome Solder into the fold and guide the rookie through the acclimation process. Could Solder see himself making such a call if New England drafts another offensive lineman?

"I definitely see Logan as a great leader, and that did mean a lot to me. I'll do what's appropriate. I don't know exactly if that's my duty on this team, but whatever is my role, I'll definitely play it."

One gets the impression Solder is capable of answering the bell. He just plans to wait until it rings.

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America. 

*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts. 

*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time. 

*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis. 

*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night. 

*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak. 

*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point. 

*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes. 

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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