Logan Mankins is a five-time Pro Bowler a four-time All-Pro and a consensus top-100 player in the NFL.
But yesterday Vince Wilfork got the best of him.
As the Patriots practiced in full pads for the first time in training camp defensive linemen and offensive linemen battled each other in one-on-one drills. And each time Wilfork lined up against Mankins the defensive tackle had his way against the left guard.
That’s something Mankins has grown accustomed to. Entering his ninth season with the Patriots Mankins is used to seeing Wilfork who typically goes undefeated in those drills dominate. But that doesn’t mean Mankins doesn’t benefit from the matchups.
“It makes you a ton better” Makins said. “To win against Vince you have to do everything right in one-on-one’s because he always goes straight forward. He’s a big strong man. So if you don’t do it right he’s just to going to push you back. If you don’t get your hands in the right spot it’s over for you. It makes you really focus on your technique.”
Mankins will anchor the ever-important offensive line this season. Though protecting quarterback Tom Brady has always been the offensive line’s top priority producing a top run game is also an emphasis. With wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and tight end Aaron Hernandez gone and with tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) injured the Pats may focus more on the rushing attack.

Last season the Patriots finished seventh in the NFL with 2184 total rushing yards. Mankins is hoping for another solid season in 2013.
“Well we always feel the pressure of it being on us because whether we’re throwing it or running it a lot of that pressure is on us” Mankins said of the offensive linemen. “We would love to come out and just run it down everyone’s throat but we know that’s not always going to happen. We want to be at least efficient in the running game.”