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    From Jackie MacMullan, posted on ESPNBoston:

    Logan Mankins' football life has changed considerably, but he's as tractor-tough as ever - ESPN Boston

    We all know about Mankins the tough guy, but the article also highlights some of Mankins' athleticism:

    In spite of a rough year, going into the playoffs Mankins says he feels much healthier than a year ago. That's got to be good.
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    Just came here to post this:

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    as a sidenote.......the houston game was mankins' first game back after missing 5 of the previous 6......he's probably better now......hell, he was good enough to almost tear justin smith's arm off....smith still isn't the same after facing mankins......watt's next
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    Yup. This team has been pretty beat up at times during the season. Gronk's return is getting the attention, but the improved health of guys like Mankins, Vollmer and CH Jones will help a lot too.

    Really a great article on Mankins.
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    Too good not to repost:
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    Did Justin Smith hurt his arm going against Mankins? If so, I hadn't realized it, but it wouldn't surprise me. Smith makes his living hooking his arm inside the jerseys of opposing guards and holding them to create a lane for Aldon Smith. He's one of the strongest guys in the NFL, but Mankins is probably his match, so I could see him trying to do that against Mankins and getting hurt. I don't know if that's how it happened, but it wouldn't shock me.
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    Does the article go into any depth explaining why we can't run behind the guy?
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    It seems like the Pats will have about 5 impact players - potential Pro Bowl caliber players at their positions - who should be fairly healthy for the playoffs, and who have not been on the field healthy together all season:

    - Mankins: started the season probably coming back too soon from his ACL injury, probably over-compensated, and developed a bunch of nagging injuries. Seems the healthiest he's been since perhaps 2010.

    - Gronkowski: had his first game back against Miami since breaking his arm late in the Indy game. Wasn't 100% but was still effective, and now he's had 2 weeks off plus some time to get the rust off. I'm hoping he'll be at least 90%.

    - Hernandez: suffered a high ankle sprain early in the Arizona game (game 2), and is just beginning to show signs of recovering his full form, after perhaps coming back too soon.

    - Jones: might have been our best defensive player the first half of the season, hasn't been the same since hurting his ankle against Indy. BB called the Miami game perhaps his best game of the season, so he finally seems to be 100% recovered and getting his confidence back.

    - Talib: his addition catalyzed the transformation of the defense, and he did a great job against Andre Johnson in the first half of the Houston game. He hasn't been healthy since, and is probably the best he's been since the start of that game.

    Add to that group Alfonzo Dennard, who got banged up against Houston and then hurt the next week against San Francisco, and who hasn't played since, and that's a huge, huge impact on the team.
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    Not sure about your last two words. Watt's mostly going to be going against Connolly and Vollmer, depending on what technique he's lined up in.
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    Apparently playing in a wheelchair limited his mobility and leverage.
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    The Pats ran this hold-and-stunt trick against Miami, with Cunningham instead of Justin Smith and Francis instead of Aldon Smith, and it actually worked. Some time in the 4th quarter. Wonder if we'll see that again
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    Tedy Bruschi said in his analysis prior to the SF game that the Pats used to do that a fair bit in the old days. I'm sure lots of guys do it, but Smith has been the master recently.
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