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Nate Solder knows the Giants haven't played up to expectations this year

Limited Jeremy Hill Jersey , and it's on him to be part of the solution.The left tackle signed a four-year, $62 million contract in March with $35 million guaranteed, making him the league's highest-paid offensive lineman. His assignment was to anchor the left side of New York's beleaguered offensive line and protect Eli Manning's blind side.But the line has struggled so far for the Giants (1-5), and the 37-year-old Manning has been criticized for his performance. Solder said the entire offense shares the blame for the quarterback's struggles.“I think a lot of that is almost expected,” Solder said Saturday of the criticism. “I think we've done some good things and some bad ones. I think the expectations of me were extremely high. But I think the higher expectations work for everyone. I think we still have a chance to do some good things here. It's not my position to say anything about my teammates. I think we all get frustrated. We just have to move on and go forward.”Manning has completed 68.7 percent of his throws, but the lack of protection has made it difficult for the Giants to push the ball downfield. He's averaging only 7.23 yards per completion, with six touchdown passes and four interceptions.Solder had been listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons (2-4) with a neck injury, but he said he never looks at the injury report and will play.“We just have to start stringing a few together,” Solder said. "We have to take it one day at a time, one game at a time. I think every game is important Jordan Matthews Jersey , but we know we're in a tough spot. We just have to keep working and keep improving.“There could be problems elsewhere on the offensive line. Right guard Patrick Omameh is questionable with a knee injury.Coach Pat Shurmur said if Omameh can't play, he will shift some people around, perhaps moving recent free-agent acquisition Spencer Pulley into the starting lineup at either guard or center and moving center John Greco to guard.Wide receiver Russell Shepard (neck) is also listed as questionable, and with fellow receiver Jawill Davis already ruled out with a concussion, the Giants will have to make a roster move to activate a third receiver. Bennie Fowler, brought in as a free agent last week, has been moved to the 53-man active roster and may see time with both the offense and special teams.Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, who missed the first four games with a high ankle sprain, believes he's ready for an increased role after he played limited snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday.”I feel good,“ Vernon said. ”I'm just trying to do what I know I can do. I just have to stay solid. I'm going to try to contain and be disruptive to a very good team. I just have to keep after it. If I can get a few pressures Jonathan Jones Jersey Salute to Service , then everything else will fall into place.“Said Shurmur: ”I think Olivier played some really good snaps last week and we're ready to build on that." The New England Patriots entered their week 10 game against the Tennessee Titans with a lot of momentum on their side: they had won six games in a row and just defeated the Green Bay Packers by playing their most complete game of the season. Three hours later, however, that feel-good vibe was gone after what can only be described as a bad Patriots performance from top to bottom.Tennessee blew out the visitors 34-10 and from New England’s perspective the game was every bit as bad as the final score indicates: nearly everything went wrong, from a lack of offensive rhythm to protection breakdowns to bad decisions to sloppy man-coverage to inconsistent special teams play — you name it. Against a well-coached Titans team firing on all cylinders New England’s showing was simply not good enough.After arguably the worst loss of the season, the Patriots now head into their bye facing a lot of questions in all three phases. Will Tom Brady bounce back from a comparatively mediocre three-game stretch? Will the reintegration of injured players like Rob Gronkowski, Shaq Mason and Sony Michel help the offense? Will the depth at the offensive skill positions finally step up? Will the offensive line bounce back once all pieces are back and healthy?Will Stephon Gilmore show that his bad outing against Titans wideout Corey Davis was just a fluke? Will the defensive on-field signal caller please stand up (this week, Kyle Van Noy donned the green dot again)? Will the unit improve against mobile quarterbacks? Will the kick coverage get back to its usual levels of performance? Will the slow starts stop? And how about questionable coaching decisions?All those questions (and more) will need to be addressed over the next few weeks if the Patriots want to make another deep postseason run. That being said, the team is equipped as well as any to tackle them and produce satisfying answers and results. After all, this is a squad that defeated the mighty Kansas City Chiefs. One that went on the road against a good Chicago Bears team to steal another victory. And one that thoroughly outplayed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers just one week ago.The Patriots are capable of playing good, championship-worthy football — they have proven it time and again during their six-game win streak. However Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey , what they have also proven today and earlier this year is that they can be wildly inconsistent and as a result put themselves in unfavorable situations through bad decisions, bad play calls, or simply bad execution. And ultimately, this is the one question all of the above boil down to.Will the Patriots finally become a consistent team?The bye week is a pivotal time to work on finding a favorable answer to that question as players and coaches have two weeks to work on the basics, and on building on the foundation that has been laid over the first ten games of the season. If that happens, then the attention can turn to another question — on that cannot be ignored when looking at the roster: when will the Patriots finally live up to their potential?


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