Logan Mankins = Bad Pass Blocker?August 28th, 2014
Not everyone believes the Bucs made a hell of a trade acquiring All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins for a fourth-round pick and Tim Wright on Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer Greg Bedard paints a picture of Bill Belicheat fleecing the Bucs.
In the story linked above, not only does Bedard believe Tim Wright will be a top-5 pass catcher among tight ends, he’s confident Mankins is in a downward spiral.
Mankins’ play had slipped the past three years. While he was still one of the best run-blocking guards in the league (his pulling ability freed up many big runs down the stretch last season) his pass blocking had taken a hit, most likely because of assorted leg injuries. He no longer moves very well laterally in space; it was eye opening to watch him allow five sacks in back-to-back games against the Dolphins and Steelers last fall.
If Bedard is accurate, then why is there widespread outrage in Boston? Even Tom Brady having convulsions.
Of note in Bedard’s commentary is the reference of Mankins being “still one of the best run-blocking guards in the league.”
On its own, that means a hell of a lot, especially since he’ll be wedged between Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith, a couple of offensive linemen known for their pass blocking.