Posts Tagged ‘Logan Mankins’

Patriots Line Change: How Logan Mankins, Josh Kline Fared After Nate Solder’s Week 15 Exit

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

In wake of Nate Solder’s second concussion in as many games, the Patriots offensive line was forced to make an adjustment. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots had to shuffle the deck during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The change came following a 3rd-and-3 pass play with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Patriots left tackle Nate Solder caught a knee to the helmet after his block sent him to the ground.

The pass ultimately gained six yards and kept New England’s offense on the field. But the 2011 first-round pick was forced to exit.

Solder left for the sidelines to speak with team doctor Thomas Gill and members of the training staff. He did not return.

It was a concussion for Solder, the 25-year-old’s second diagnosed concussion in eight days and the fourth in three seasons. Yet at the time of its occurrence, all head coach Bill Belichick and Co. could do was replace the 6’8”, 320-pounder.

New England elected to do so with five-time All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins. And when Mankins moved over, undrafted rookie guard Josh Kline moved into his place. (more…)

2013 Patriots Off-Season: Salary Cap Situation

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Wes Welker

Will the salary cap allow Wes Welker to don a Patriots uniform in 2013?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

It seems that few teams have been able to master the NFL salary cap like the New England Patriots. Sustaining success over a decade without having to blow things up.

Other teams haven’t been so lucky. The New York Jets for example, are currently looking at a $19+ million deficit after a 6-10 season.

What do the Patriots have to work with in 2013?


5 Biggest Questions for the Second Half of the Patriots’ Season

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Is Devin McCourty part of the problem, or part of the solution to the Patriots woes in the secondary?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots are taking momentum into their bye week, coming off of their most dominant performance of the season in a 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

With a one-game lead in the AFC East, and on a two-game winning streak with three consecutive games against teams with losing records following the bye week, they are in good position to win their fourth consecutive division title, and 10th in the past 12 seasons. The Patriots also have the league’s best points differential, +92, with a league-leading 262 points scored compared to just 170 points allowed.

But while there are many positives about the Patriots’ first half of the season, and where they stand going into the second half with a 5-3 record, their first-half struggles should also not be ignored. Their three losses are more than they were expected to have at this point, and all three losses were the result of costly fourth-quarter mistakes. The Patriots have not lived up to expectations, and have some real issues that must be corrected going forward if they are to make it back to the Super Bowl.

With the bye week falling immediately at the halfway point of the regular season, these are five questions that the Patriots should be trying to find answers to before hitting the season’s homestretch.


Patriots vs Bills: Gameday Timeline

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Logan Mankins Patriots

Patriots guard Logan Mankins is out against the stout Bills defensive line.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots and Buffalo Bills square off at 1pm eastern in the first AFC East tilt for New England. With the Bills sitting at 2-1 and the Patriots at 1-2, this game has suddenly become quite important for early positioning in the race to make the playoffs.

Follow along for all the updates this morning, including injuries, inactives and more.


WAC: Ten Year NFL Draft Conference Case Study

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Logan Mankins Guard Patriots

The WAC player with the most All-Pro/Pro Bowl honors in the last ten years? This man. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every Friday for the next twelve weeks I’ll be doing a case study on the last ten years draft history of every conference in the FBS.

Through these case studies we’ll be able to answer which schools and conferences produce the most talent, the most busts, the most players at each position and much more.

I know that it’s a lot of information to digest, but there’s some very interesting findings during this first week of research which will become even more telling as each week progresses.

This week, I’m taking on the WAC. You can also read about the Big 12Sun Belt, Pac-12, Mountain West, Big East, Independents, C-USA, Big Ten, ACC and MAC.


Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 8/13

Monday, August 13th, 2012
Chad Johnson Ochocinco

Child Please. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.


Patriots Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

Friday, July 20th, 2012
Nate Solder Patriots OT

Nate Solder will be counted on big time to protect Brady's blindside.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Unlike the tight end and quarteback positions, the offensive line of the Patriots has more question marks as to who makes the final roster.

The New England Patriots are dealing with the significant loss of long time Brady blindside protector Matt Light and various injuries across the line. The Patriots foresaw a transition coming along offensive line and were proactive throughout 2011 to make sure their line play wouldn’t suffer in 2012.

How will the Patriots starting offensive line look Week One and who will make the final roster?


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