Your “take it for whatever it’s worth” batch of predictions. Three of these guys have the Pats in the Super Bowl, but only one has them winning it. Not surprising it’s almost entirely Broncos and Pats repping the AFC, with one guy picking Pittsburgh.

Lot of Packers picks too, can’t wait to see the Pats travel to Lambeau on November 30th.

With him, you really have to do your job and whatever your assignment is. If you got man [coverage], stay locked up on him. If you have zone [coverage], stay in your zone, because if you try to freelance and jump a route, he is too smart for that. He will read it and expose you. So stay back, do your assignment and make the plays when it comes to you. That’s how you beat him. He’s very smart. He is a guy that takes what is given to him. He’s going to throw to the open guy. He has a good offensive line, so he’s going to have time to throw the ball and he’s going to take the matchups that he likes.
It’s more than the play that I think the Patriots will miss most; it’s the leadership and enforcer-type mentality. Mankins brought a toughness, attitude, and you’re-not-going-to-mess-with-us type approach to the field that is going to be hard to duplicate. I don’t see anyone on the current Patriots’ line who could fill that void right now.

Behind Logan Mankins’ trade from New England Patriots to Buccaneers - ESPN Boston

Totally agree with this point from Mike Reiss.

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The last preseason game is upon us and once again another training camp is behind us. The most important pieces of the Patriots roster should see limited, if any, time in this one, softening our injury concerns.

But there will still be plenty to watch on Thursday night, with Jimmy Garoppolo getting the start for the first time in his young career. Garoppolo is a lock to make the team, but there are plenty others still on the bubble who will want to pop against the Giants.

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I knew once I got here, I had to go to another level if I wanted to stick around,” Butler said. “Yeah, it was a big jump. The plays and the quickness of the wide receivers. Everybody’s good. It was a big jump. It was a big jump.

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Safe to say this guys head is spinning today as he dives into the Patriots playbook. But excited to see what he’ll bring to the party. So many diverse options, you hear about matchup nightmares being a single player, but this year I think the whole Patriots offense is a matchup nightmare.

With this logan mankins trade, is it reasonable to think the patriots will probably be going back to that 2 TE scheme that was so successful with Hernandez and Gronk?
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In theory of course this makes sense, but they barely have enough healthy tight ends for a one tight end scheme right now so they’ll have to take what they can get.

I think we tend to put the cart before the horse a little too much when relating personnel to scheme. I don’t think the scheme is necessarily what comes first except in very general areas. I don’t believe there was ever an edict of “we must go to a two-tight end offense prior to 2010/2011. They needed tight ends, picked up a couple for what they believed were good value in the draft and both happened to pick up the offense quickly and compliment each other very well.

It’s more about getting good players who fit the style of the team and then letting things play out so you can understand what you have and what you can do well.

I think the Patriots offense right now looks as varied as an offense can be. There are little quick guys, there are long, outside guys, there’s a full back who can do a little of everything, an all-around tight end, a move tight end, and three running backs who also have their own unique skill sets.

The Pats could run almost any personnel packages and be effective, whether it’s 12 (1 RB, 2 TE), 11 (1 RB, 1 TE), 22 (2 RB, 2 TE), 21 (2 RB, 1 TE) or even empty sets. 

They will give opposing defenses a lot to prepare for and should be able to attack any weakness they want.

Good take as always from Greg Bedard.

Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made - and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make - but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team.

Bill Belichick Statement on Logan Mankins trade.

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