T Nate Solder -- June 6, 2019
Q: How do you feel physically?
A: I feel great. Really good.
Q: So training camp will be no issue?
A: Well, I donít want to say that, but I am taking it one day at a time and that perspective is very good.
Q: What was that process like? After the season, you feel you should have something done, kind of waited thinking it would go away on its own and then it flared up. What was that process like?
A: I didnít know anything about it. You canít ever predict these things, they kind of come up. Thanks to Ronnie and the training staff. They took care of me.
Q: So it came up fairly recently?
A: Fairly recently. Yeah, thatís right.
Q: Is there a big difference between being here year one and year two? Your comfort level, your familiarity. Everything.
A: Getting to know the area a little bit has been nice. Getting a little more comfortable in our place we are staying here. Kids are in school and everything, so that is nice. My wife is getting to know some friends and things, so those all kind of contribute to the comfort level in a new place. And in terms of the team, I really love the guys and I love the coaching staff. Everyone has been wonderful to us.
Q: Just to circle back for a second, are you 100 percent sure you will on the field for training camp?
A: Am I 100 percent sure? Are you 100 percent sure youíll be there? (Laughs). I mean, itís hard to say. I take one day at a time. I am on a great path right now and am getting better every day.
Q: What do you think of Zeitler so far getting to know him as a teammate?
A: Heís excellent. Heís excellent. Heís very professional about the way he goes about his business. Heís a great teammate. Heís always looking out for others. He works incredibly hard and he is very talented and gifted in playing football.
Q: How important is it to have another proven veteran? A guy that has done it for a long period of time and had some success in this league to have that person alongside you on the offensive line.
A: Itís always nice. They brought a couple of those guys in there with some experience under their belt. Guys that know how games go and how to win games because it is difficult in this league. I am certainly glad to have everyone in that locker room and theyíre all doing a great job.
Q: I think the perception was that you and Will got better together as the season went along last year. How much more can you guys grow?
A: I think they always say from your first to your second year is the biggest step in improvement. I have seen a lot of improvement throughout our whole group, so maybe you can characterize not just a person, but the whole group from one year to two years and maybe a big improvement. Certainly our expectations are sky high.
Q: How did your transition go last year after having been in one system for several years?
A: I think the opportunity was so amazing. My family did it because we believed that God was up to something and he had a purpose in us being here. We still strongly believe that. It was certainly difficult. It was not easy, but we anticipated that. We are building strategies to combat that and work at that and get better and have a better year this year than we did last year.
Q: What were your feelings watching the Super Bowl?
A: We were excited for them. A lot of my friends are on that team and they did a great job. I was very proud of them.
Q: What are your impressions of Daniel Jones?
A: Nice guy. Met him in the hallway and had a little conversation about Duke. I wish I couldíve gotten into Duke, but heís a nice guy.
Q: Nate, did you learn anything from last yearís offensive line? Obviously, it was a bunch of new guys, yourself included, and the first seven or eight games didnít go well. Did you learn anything from that experience that you guys are going to do something different this offseason as an offensive line.
A: (Laughs). I understand your question. Like Ďare you going to be better this year than you were last year?í (Laughs). Well, yes, we learned a lot and are certainly working hard to be the best that we can be. Our expectations of how we are going to perform and all of those things are really high.
Q: How do you think you did last year? From start to finish.
A: One of my hardest critics is myself. I am always hard on myself. I work hard to improve those things. I know that there is a ton that I need to work at. There is a ton throughout my entire career that I havenít been as good as I would like to be. I am going to continue to work on those things so that I can be the best that I can be.
Q: (Signing here a as free agent, did that add something? Pressure? Urgency? Do you feel looking back, maybe you pressed a little bit or tried to do too much?
A: Thatís a great question. I havenít evaluated that yet, so I donít know exactly. I think that I have always been under a lot of pressure with high expectations. I embrace that and I know what it is and thatís okay.