The Patriots had an idea that Sebastian Vollmer would be good when they drafted him in the second round, but it's unlikely they thought he would prove himself as a starting left tackle by the season's halfway point. That's what happened, however, thanks to a knee injury that's kept Matt Light out of the job.
Vollmer's been so good that head coach Bill Belichick has not put in any effort to shoot down rumors that Light may not be handed back his job once he is healthy enough to return.
Light, who watched Sunday's game from the sidelines for the first time, told the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport that he isn't letting any such talk bother him.
"I don?t think about all that stuff," Light told the Herald. "Look, if I come back and I'm in good shape and can go out there and help the team, I'm going to go out there and help the team. Other than that, however it works out, it works out."
Given Nick Kaczur's struggles on Sunday night, the prospect of having two top-tier tackles is far from a problem for the Patriots, and Light — at least publicly — seems open to the prospect of playing on the right side. Moving Vollmer over may make more sense, though, as the rookie took reps on both sides during the preseason.
As to when that predicament will present itself, Light wasn't specific.
"Almost there," he told the Herald. "Frustrating as it is for me, it's taking its course, that's all there is to it."