Patriots Need Dan Connolly to Step Up in Nick Kaczur’s Absence

Patriots Need Dan Connolly to Step Up in Nick Kaczur's Absence Though it has yet to be confirmed by the New England Patriots, it looks like Nick Kaczur's season is over, as it is being reported that he underwent back surgery within the past week. With the loss of Kaczur to injury and veteran Logan Mankins to a holdout, the Pats will turn to Dan Connolly at left guard to step up on the line.

NESN Insider Jeff Howe stopped in for a NESN Daily update with Cole Wright to deliver the instant analysis on what Kaczur's absence mean's to New England.

"Right now it's going to be up to Dan Connolly to fill in and make that position [left guard] his own," Howe said. "He's really kind of learning on the job, trying to mesh with that first team offensive line. It's up to him because Logan Mankins isn't coming through that door anytime soon."

Listen to Howe's entire analysis in the video below, and be sure to tune in to NESN Daily every night at 11 p.m. on NESN.

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