Can Matthew Peart hold off Nate Solder?
Heading into training camp, which begins in just over five weeks from now, one position battle that will go down on the New York Giants’ roster is at right tackle between Nate Solder and Matthew Peart.
Peart is of course heading into only his second NFL season, while Solder, at the age of 33 is heading into his 10th after skipping the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a rookie last season, Peart finished the season with an overall Pro Football Focus grade of 69.7. Only 0.3 points from having a 70 overall. Not bad at all. He also only allowed two sacks while playing a total of 150 snaps.
Now, since Solder didn’t play last season we can’t compare their 2020 stats, but we can compare Solder’s 2019 stats to how Peart did last season.
In 2019 Solder recorded an overall PFF grade of 64.9. Now he did play a lot more snaps with 1,011 and allowed 11 sacks. If you do the math and give Peart the same amount of plays as Solder, he would have likely have given up 12 sacks if he played the amount of snaps that Solder did. So, looking at how Peart and Solder played in 2019 and 2020 respectively, they’re very similar skill wise.
I do believe that due to the fact that Peart is younger and should only improve as a player, while Solder is at the end of his career, the second-year tackle has the advantage and will likely come away with the starting job.
Of course there’s a chance that Solder could be rejuvenated after taking a year off. Right now, he made it clear that he doesn’t care if he starts.
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