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Mankins offers some advice to Solder

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 23, 2011 02:57 PM

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Logan Mankins and Patriots' brass may be at odds about his contract status, but that didn't stop the veteran guard from offering some words of wisdom to the young man who could be lined up on his left shoulder when the 2011 season gets underway - first-round draft pick Nate Solder.

Speaking at the Joe Andruzzi & Friends golf tournament at the TPC Boston, Mankins said he's talked to Solder, the 17th overall pick last month and the first offensive lineman the Pats have drafted in the first round since choosing Mankins with the 32nd and final pick in the first in 2005.

“Yeah, I have spoken to Nate. He seems like a great guy. I gave him a little advice. Tried to help him out the best you can in the situation that we’re in right now," Mankins said. "I'm more than willing to help any young guy who needs anything.

"Look: he's in a tough situation right now; he doesn't know what's going on. He has no coaches to talk to. He's just trying to make it in this league."

It was the Patriots who gave Mankins' number to Solder. The Pro Bowl guard certainly knows a thing or two about the Pats' system, what to expect, and the pressure that comes with blocking Tom Brady's blind side.

Mankins didn't want to divulge details of their chat, but he does deserve kudos for talking with Solder and recognizing that it isn't the rookie that he's having a problem with, but team management. It may seem like a no-brainer, but not everyone would do what Mankins did.

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