Early on in the season, New England Patriots star left guard Logan Mankins did not look like one of the best offensive linemen in the league, something was off. It was apparent that he was still struggling with injuries and needed some time off to get healthier and have a better chance of performing at the elite level he is capable of. In fact, he may have been the Patriots worst offensive linemen through the first four weeks of the regular season, but there’s no shame in that given how well the others- like Sebastian Vollmer- played.
After missing the Week 4 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Mankins came into the game against the Denver Broncos this past Sunday and just flat out dominated the Broncos. He was not at all at fault for Von Miller’s huge day and helped Nate Solder subdue Elvis Dumervil, although those victories were mainly Solder’s doing.
Not only was Mankins clean in pass protection, but he was unstoppable as a run blocker. He mauled a usually difficult Broncos front seven against the run, with the interior of the Broncos defensive line being helpless against him. Guys like Kevin Vickerson are usually stouter against the run, but Mankins took no prisoners in as good of a display as you’ll see from a guard.
His terrific run blocking was one of the keys to Stevan Ridley’s huge 151-yard rushing day, and Mankins has shown that he is healthy and back to playing at the All-Pro level that matches the caliber of a player that he is. It’s exciting to see the line coming together, with Nate Solder continuing to play well at left tackle. Ryan Wendell had a poor game but he’s solid, and Vollmer gets a pass. He’s been the best right tackle this season so far and everyone gets beat badly by Von Miller.
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