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Hjalte Froholdt has the tools to be the future of the New England Patriots’ offensive line

By Ben Cooper
Aug 12, 2019
New England Patriots

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Aug 31, 2017; Little Rock, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Devwah Whaley (21) rushes in the second quarter as offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (51) blocks against the Florida A&M Rattlers at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots entered training camp as one of few teams without concerns festering about their offensive line. And surprisingly after Thursday’s blowout preseason win over the Detroit Lions, more answers than questions arose for the unit out of a debut game that typically inspires the latter.

While teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals are expected to be bound by poor offensive-line play in 2019, the Patriots could very well end up with a slew of backups who possess starting talent, beginning with rookie Hjalte Froholdt.

After a standout career at Arkansas that saw him earn a fourth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Froholdt and his talents were on display for the first time in his NFL career against Detroit, and he didn’t disappoint. For starters, he and fellow New England guard James Ferentz played 84 snaps apiece — 20 more than the next offensive lineman in preseason Week 1. That influx of snaps gave a clear look at how Froholdt can perform across a full NFL game, albeit against lesser competition.

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