Patriots

Analysis: Will Matt Tobin be part of the effort to replace Nate Solder?

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Some people were shocked the Patriots allowed Nate Solder, who had started most of the previous six seasons at left tackle, to leave and sign the biggest contract ever given to a left tackle. Others were not.

The Patriots moved quickly to fill the considerable void — LaAdrian Waddle and Cam Fleming are also free agents, leaving only Marcus Cannon and two inexperienced rookies (Antonio Garcia, Andrew Jelks) under contract — by signing former Seahawks and Eagles lineman Matt Tobin to a free-agent contract.

So what's the plan the Patriots have for Tobin? Why did they sign him? We dove into the film to form an educated guess: