When the New York Giants signed tackle Nate Solder to one of the richest offensive line contract in NFL history, expectations were that he’d come in, protect Eli Manning’s blind side and establish himself as one of the best in the league.

That, of course, did not happen as Solder started the season slow, was hampered by injuries early and took some time to round into shape.

However, when Solder finally did get on track, he began to make that massive contract worth it. And at one point during the 2018 season, he did finally top the league at his position.

Pro Football Focus gave Solder a grade of 92.6 for his Week 10 performance against the San Francisco 49ers, which turned out to be the highest single-game grade in the NFL during the 2019 season.

Solder did put on at least one outstanding performance that displayed why he got that contract. That performance came in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers when Solder picked up an overall grade of 92.6, the highest grade for any offensive lineman in a single week this past season.

Solder was a wall in pass protection against the 49ers. On 36 pass-blocking snaps, he did not allow a single pressure on quarterback Eli Manning, and while Solder was certainly helped by Manning’s average time to throw of just 2.40 seconds – below his season average of 2.47 seconds – the clean sheet and 83.7 pass-blocking grade were still impressive marks.

Where Solder really distinguished himself in that Week 10 matchup was not in pass protection but as a run blocker. He consistently got to the second level to disrupt linebackers and moved his man off the ball in double teams.

In the end, Solder graded out in the middle of the pack at tackle, but that was a far cry from where he began the season. And his Week 10 game against the 49ers is a better example of what he’s capable of than some of his less impressive performances.