A troubling trend is developing at left guard for the Patriots. Logan Mankins has earned three significant negative grades as a pass blocker in his last four games – a stretch unlike we’ve seen from him in the five-plus years we’ve been grading his play. His Pass Blocking Efficiency rating is dropping (now 95.5, 36th among guards) and, when combined with center Ryan Wendell’s known weakness in that aspect, is working to widen the danger area for potential problems, not something Brady will like to see given his history with pressure up the middle. With 13 total pressures allowed in the three games (sandwiched around a clean sheet against the Jets) compared to the seven pressures he gave up in the season’s first five weeks, there’s hope that is an extended blip. The Patriots will hope that’s the case and not a downturn of longer hold.
It’s been pretty annoying this year,” Mankins said. “This is just one of those years where it seems like everything gets right and then something else happens. You’ve just got to take it and try to do the best you can to stay out there, and hopefully I’ll be out there sooner or later.
I’m told that Mankins is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list (which was expected) and there is every reason to believe he will come off the PUP list before the end of training camp and be ready for the Patriots’ opener against the Titans. His progress was termed as “awesome.
Left guard Logan Mankins was on hand for the retirement ceremony, and he was coming from a workout so he was wearing gym shorts, which made it clear he wasn’t wearing a brace or sleeve over his surgically repaired knee. He was also standing around for at least an hour and a half, which I’d have to believe is a sign of progress.
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.
All Patriots present for Tuesday’s full pads practice
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.
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