‘Top 100 Players of 2013’ Logan Mankins (by NFLgameRecap)
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Logan Mankins recovering from ACL surgery, hopes to be ready for training camp.
Well there’s a retroactive stomach punch for you. This clarifies a few items:
- When Belichick called Manking “Super Tough” he wasn’t kidding. Mankins likely played three playoff games against tough defensive fronts with the injury. Hard to know if it was a complete tear but regardless, Philip Rivers got a lot of love for playing just one game on a torn ACL. Mankins played three.
- Robert Gallery signing seems a little bigger now than it did Monday. Gallery has been at LG for the past few years and it would appear to be his best spot. Hopefully we won’t need him to start, but you can’t rule out a start to the season on the PUP for my Mankins.
- Mankins now will get a pass on his Super Bowl performance which lacked luster.
Great news out of Foxboro this morning with every Patriot in attendance of the teams practice today, which was held in full pads. This includes Logan Mankins, who missed last week with a knee injury (reported MCL sprain) and Sebastian Vollmer who’s been held to just 6 games this season after battling back and ankle injuries.
There’s no question that the offensive line is vitally important to any Super Bowl run the Patriots may put together. In the last three playoff losses protection has been an issue in every one of them, and without solid line play the Pats won’t be going very far.
Having Mankins back was vital, but if Vollmer is able to go as well it will be a huge boost. While Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon have had solid rookie years, Vollmer’s playoff experience would be helpful both in the game and in preparations this week.
This post is meant as a little prayer that Logan Mankins will be ready to go next Saturday. He wasn’t at practice today so that’s got me just slightly worried. But I highly doubt a player BB dubs “super tough” would miss a playoff game.