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Countdown to camp: OL — Post-Nate Solder, how will Patriots look up front?

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With Patriots camp set to open Thursday, we wanted to reset the roster at each position and give you a few things we’ll be keeping an eye on down in Foxborough. So far, we’ve previewed the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, and receivers. Now, let's take a look at the offensive line.

The right side -- Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon -- appears solid. And if Joe Thuney is OK after offseason foot surgery, half of the left side should be set as well. The biggest question: Who will take over at left tackle after the offseason departure of Nate Solder? Will it be rookie Isaiah Wynn? Or are the Patriots going to try veterans LaAdrian Waddle or Trent Brown there out of the gate? It’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together. Our bet right now is one of the veterans has the job at the start of camp, but Wynn will be the starter before the halfway point of the season. (One more note: For purposes of this exercise — and no disrespect intended to the likes of Ulrick John or Jason King — we have our Top 12 offensive linemen listed here.)

No. 1: Shaq Mason