In wake of season-ending injury to Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer could flip from right to left tackle

October 15, 2015 - 9:15 am
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[caption id="attachment_99077" align="alignright" width="350"]With Nate Solder on the shelf the rest of the year, Sebastian Vollmer could flip from right tackle to left. (WEEI.com photo) With Nate Solder on the shelf the rest of the year, Sebastian Vollmer could flip from right tackle to left. (WEEI.com photo)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Sebastian Vollmer is ready for whatever. The veteran tackle, who has manned the right tackle spot for the Patriots for the bulk of his six-plus years with the Patriots, knows that he could get the call to move to left tackle in the wake of the season-ending injury to teammate Nate Solder. Before practice on Thursday, he shrugged when he was asked about the possibility of flipping over to the left side the rest of the year. "Those are calls not made by us -- that's Bill [Belichick]," said the 31-year-old Vollmer. "Whatever he wants us to do, that's what we're going to do. We'll see what happens." He added: "It's Bill's decision. Coaches' decision. It's not really up to us. I don't think we really go into the game analyzing anything like that. You're told what to do and where to do it and all that stuff, and then, you just do the best you can. It's not really up to us. It doesn't really matter." Vollmer, who played left tackle in college, is a 6-foot-8, 315-pounder who has distinguished himself as one of the better right tackles in the league since he arrived as a second-round pick out of Houston in 2009. The big German, who was named second-team all-league by the AP in 2010 and by Pro Football Focus in 2012 and 2014, also made five starts on the left side in his rookie year back in 2009, stepping in for an ailing Matt Light. He said that there is some familiarity when it comes to making the switch to the other side, and acknowledges he may have to lean on some of that if he does make the move. "I think it depends on the player," he said when asked about the skill set translating from one side to another. "I've done it before." Another offensive lineman who could see an increase in playing time is Marcus Cannon, who is the backup swing tackle on the depth chart and stepped in when Solder went down last week against the Cowboys. "He's been out there -- it's not like this is his first rodeo," Vollmer said of Cannon. "He's been with this team for a long time." DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.