Danish draft pick Hjalte Froholdt struggled at times in 3rd game with New England Patriots

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Danish offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt continues his remarkable football journey with the New England Patriots following the team’s third preseason game.

Froholdt, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by New England (118th overall), had a few hiccups in the Patriots 10-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

He played 49 snaps which is 64% of the 77 snaps the offense took and struggled at times. He was hit with a holding penalty and allowed a sack.

He had been in for 100% of the snaps in the first two games. In his debut against the Lions, not only was Froholdt was on the field for every offensive snap but he played some special teams too. In New England’s second game, a 22-17 win over the Tennessee Titans, he also was on the field for every offensive snap.

The 6’5″, 315 lb, 22 year old native of Svendborg, Denmark who played football in his native country for the Søllerød Gold Diggers, and wound up playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, has shown in his first three preseason games, that the Patriots were justified in drafting him although his performance against the Panthers was not error free.

When he played for the Razorbacks, he was a quick study and the coaching staff moved him from defensive line to offensive line where he started all 13 games in 2016 at left guard. The following year he started all 12 games and did not allow a sack while taking only two penalties. Froholdt started his senior season at center, starting the first three games there before switching back to left guard for the final nine contests. He finally got beaten for a sack late in the season, the first time in two years.

We will continue to follow Froholdt’s progress as he battles to make the 53 man Patriots roster.

If he can keep the errors to a minimum, and does grab his opportunity, he could prove to be an astute addition for the Patriots and, as we count down to the start of the new season, you can now follow weekly picks, NFL tips and previews at new sites like Gambler Saloon – provided you’re in a state that has recently relaxed online wagering laws.

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