Bill Belichick hints at offensive line rotation to fill shoes of Logan Mankins

Mike Petraglia
September 05, 2014 - 6:49 am

[caption id="attachment_79578" align="alignright" width="375"]Could Josh Kline be the replacement for the departed Logan Mankins? (Getty Images) Could Josh Kline be the replacement for the departed Logan Mankins? (Getty Images)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Ever since Logan Mankins was dealt away to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there's been constant speculation as to who might replace the six-time Pro Bowl starting left guard. Well, Bill Belichick hinted Friday that it might take more than one person to fill that void. "We know how we're going to play the game. Like anything else we do, we always have contingency plans if something happens to somebody. I think we have a lot of good players at that position on the offensive line. We'll see how we end up playing them but we could end up playing more than five." Josh Kline, who started at left guard last Dec. 22 in Baltimore, was given the job in the preseason finale. He was bull-rushed twice against the Giants and allowed a sack. But against the Ravens last December, he kept Tom Brady clean and the Patriots offense rolled to an easy win. There's also been speculation that Marcus Cannon, Jordan Devey or even Sebastian Vollmer could get looks along the interior line at some point. The projected starters along the line right now figure to be Nate Solder at left tackle, Ryan Wendell at center, Dan Connolly at right guard and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle. With Cannon, Kline and Devey available, one can easily see why Belichick sees an O-line rotation in New England's future. "We have five linemen so we'll plan the way we think will give us the best chance to win," Belichick said Friday.