New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder may not return for training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in May.
The New York Giants may have a setback when veterans report to training camp on July 24.
According to reports, Giants left tackle Nate Solder may not be healthy to return for camp. Solder underwent ankle surgery in May and hasn’t participated in organized team activities nor mandatory minicamp.
Is LT Nate Solder (ankle) sure he’ll be ready to go in training camp?
“Am I 100% sure?” he said. “Are you 100% sure you’ll be there? It’s hard to say. I’m on a great path right now and I’m taking it day by day.”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 6, 2019
The #Giants rebuilt offensive is set to go through the spring without starting LT Nate Solder. Sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo that Solder had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his ankle after dealing with bone spurs and that’ll be back by training camp. Not considered major.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 17, 2019
The Giants have yet to confirm that Solder will miss training camp. However, ankle surgery can be a big deal, especially in a position where footwork is so important.
The Giants signed Solder prior to the 2018 season to a four-year, $62 million contract. He previously played for the New England Patriots. Big Blue made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they inked the deal in March of 2018.
However, Solder was painfully average this past season, which is why the Giants offensive line was ranked only 21st in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
Solder will be looking to improve in 2019 and help the Giants revamp their offensive line. Quarterback Eli Manning is someone who definitely needs a dominant offensive line, being that he’s not a mobile quarterback at all. Solder and guards Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler will be looking to be impactful linemen in this upcoming season.
It’s still undecided at this point who will take over the center and right tackle positions. Big Blue could either go with Jon Halapio or Spencer Pulley at center while Chad Wheeler and Mike Remmers will battle for the right tackle spot.