The New York Giants won’t have their starting left tackle for the 2020 NFL season with Nate Solder officially deciding to opt out on Wednesday. He issued the following statement:
Giants OT Nate Solder announced he has has opted out of the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/JJuYaPNH0m— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2020
Solder opting out might actually be a case of addition by subtraction for the G-Men. Pro Football Focus graded him 27th out of 31 offensive tackles who played at least 80% of last year’s snaps. Solder allowed nine combined pressures in his two starts against the Philadelphia Eagles.
With Solder out, the Giants are expected to have No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas start in his stead. Thomas could very well prove to be an upgrade on Solder but he’s still an inexperienced rookie.
It remains to be seen who will start at right tackle, where Thomas was originally set to play. The Giants could go with another rookie option in 2020 third-round pick Matt Peart. Other considerations include Cameron Fleming and Nick Gates.
The Giants’ offensive line has consistently been a weakness for what feels like forever now. To be determined if Solder’s absence will hurt or help. There could be an upgrade at left tackle but a downgrade on the right side.
The Eagles are currently scheduled to play the Giants in Week 7 and Week 10 this year.