The Patriots knew early in the offseason that they would need to find a new left tackle because Nate Solder left for the Giants as a free agent.
Different candidates were bandied about, but a late April trade for Trent Brown wound up being the answer to their need. Brown played right tackle with the 49ers and his transition to the left side of the line went well enough that he came out of spring work as the favorite for the job.
He’s solidified his hold on the job this summer due to what offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia calls, via ESPN.com, “dynamic skills” and a willingness to listen to coaching about how to correct mistakes. Head coach Bill Belichick also complimented the way Brown has adjusted to his…