Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:55 pm
By Josh Katzowitz
With the playoffs coming soon, this is a bad time for the Patriots to lose multiple men off the offensive line. But today, that’s exactly what’s happened only a quarter into their game with the Dolphins.
Starting left tackle Matt Light was a surprising (and late) deactivation today after suffering an ankle injury in warmups, and left guard Logan Mankins, one of the best in the league, replaced him on the end of the line. But in the first quarter, Mankins hurt his left knee and left the game. He is questionable to return.
Already, New England -- which has fallen behind 10-0 -- was without right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and now, the Patriots have to play with rookies Marcus Cannon and Nate Solder on the line.
After he got hurt, trainers looked at Mankins’ leg on the sideline, and during the course of their examination, Mankins took off his pants on the bench. Whatever that means, it’s probably not a great sign.
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Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 10:16 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson
It looks like Matt Light will again be protecting Tom Brady's blind side in New England. According to various reports, the left tackle agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots Sunday night.
Light, 33, has played his entire 10-year career in New England and appeared to have no interest in leaving via free agency. He didn't visit other teams, although it wasn't immediately clear if the Patriots were interested in bringing him back.
The team selected offensive tackle Nate Solder in the first round of the April draft, a move that initially puzzled some draft experts because more polished, ready-to-start tackles like Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi were available. Then again, in 2009 New England plugged rookie Sebastian Vollmer in at left tackle when Light went was injured and Vollmer played well.
For now, though, Solder remains unsigned and Light is back in the fold.
"Matt's been a good player for us for a long time," Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio told the Boston Globe Sunday.
It also means, as the Globe points out, that the five offensive linemen that ended the 2010 season return for 2011: Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Vollmer.
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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:22 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
3rd round, Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
4th round, Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina
New England Patriots
2nd round, Shane Vereen, RB, California
3rd round, Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
3rd round, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:29 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
The New England Patriots have placed right tackle Nick Kaczur on Injured Reserve. Kaczur has been out since suffering a back injury in training camp. He was originally supposed to fill in for holdout Logan Mankins at left guard this season.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recently suggested that Kaczur was making progress. In hindsight, that was probably the first sign that things were looking bleak for the sixth-year pro.
Last year’s second-round pick, Sebastian Vollmer, has been holding down the right tackle duties in Kaczur’s absence. Vollmer figures to be a long-term starter from here on out. If Matt Light sticks around at left tackle – and, at just 32 years old and still in his prime, there’s no reason to think he won’t – then Vollmer will stay on the right side and Kaczur could find himself relegated to a utility backup role.
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Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:08 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone back surgery, putting his status for 2010 in very serious doubt.
Kaczur has been out since the second day of training camp. He had been filling in for Logan Mankins at left guard (Mankins is holding out). Dan Connolly is currently holding down that spot.
Second-year pro Sebastian Vollmer will continue to handle the right tackle duties. Vollmer has more raw ability than Kaczur but is still somewhat rough around the edges.
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Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:32 am
With Logan Mankins holding out, Patriots right tackle Nick Kaczur has been working at left guard, according to Shalise Manza of the Boston Globe.
This makes perfect sense. Kaczur doesn’t have ideal athleticism or footwork for operating on an island. As a left guard, he wouldn’t begin to offer Mankins’ mobility, but he’d at least provide adequate interior strength for New England’s power-blocking system.
Kaczur playing inside means that promising second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer gets an opportunity to start at right tackle. Many believe Vollmer is the future at left tackle. The Patriots, however, have no interest in moving Matt Light out of that spot in 2010.
Manza doesn’t believe the offensive line’s tepid game of musical chairs will be much of a problem:
The key in all of this - as has been the case for much of the last decade - is the presence of coach Dante Scarnecchia. The sage Scarnecchia is a maestro at getting his linemen to work together and coaching up players; by now it is safe to assume that if a lineman can't succeed under Scarnecchia's tutelage, he won't succeed anywhere. After all, this is a team that won Super Bowls with players like Brandon Gorin, Tom Ashworth and Mike Compton as starting linemen.
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