A Nice GradeAugust 28th, 2014
Let’s just say Joe was as shocked by the trade that brought Logan Mankins to the Bucs as Tamp Bay fans were. It really came out of left field.
So much so, that the WalterFootball.com crowd is shaking its collective heads. They can’t seem to put the pieces together as to why Patriots strongman Bill Belicheat would pull such a stunt.
Still WalterFootball likes the deal for the Bucs very much.
It’s surprising to see Logan Mankins get traded. He’s one of the better guards in the NFL, and the Patriots already had a shaky offensive line. Mankins turned 32 in March, but he still performed on a very high level last year. He should be able to strengthen the interior of Tampa’s front for the next couple of years. New England, meanwhile, will have to use two pedestrian blockers inside (Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly). This will hurt Tom Brady, who struggled behind a disappointing line last season.
The Patriots are hurting for tight ends, so getting Tim Wright plus a fourth-rounder makes sense. But for Mankins? Wright isn’t even that good; otherwise the Buccaneers wouldn’t have been so eager to upgrade him with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers this offseason. Maybe Bill Belichick sees something in Wright because there certainly wasn’t anything wrong with Mankins, who had been enjoying a solid preseason.
The Buccaneers won this trade. It’s not by a wide margin because Mankins won’t put them over the top, but he’ll definitely improve blocking for Josh McCown and Doug Martin. The fourth-round pick is more of a deal than Wright, but even that isn’t very significant.
Grade for Patriots – C+
Grade for Buccaneers – B+
Pretty good assessment. Mankins alone is not going to put the Bucs in the Super Bowl but he fills a crater-sized hole in the defensive line.
As Joe has written before, quarterbacks cannot do a damned thing lying on their back. And the cutest offense in the world can’t do anything when the quarterback is getting blown up each and every play.