Logan Mankins: Patriots Offensive Line is Fine Without Him

November 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Patriots welcomed guard Logan Mankins back to the team on Tuesday, two weeks earlier than Mankins needed to accrue a season and become a free agent in 2011. He signed his $1.54 million tender for the rest of the season but isn’t any closer to reaching a long-term agreement with New England, according to reports.
Head coach Bill Belichick is happy to have his two-time Pro Bowler back. Logan’s teammates welcomed him back with open arms, as he was missed in the locker room.
As for being missed on the field, well, not really. Mankins’ eventual return to the starting lineup does make the offensive line better. But after eight weeks, the coaching staff adjusted the offense’s style of play to minimize the impact of his absence. Better said, the Patriots learned how to play without Mankins.
The offense isn’t dominant overall or when broken down in run/pass categories. But they’re efficient and winning in other key categories. They are seco...

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