The shock and surprise of being traded from the Patriots to the Buccaneers has almost worn off for Logan Mankins who will be wearing his first new uniform in 11 seasons on Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts the Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
The six-time Pro Bowler spoke to the media at One Buccaneer Place this week and said he is still trying to learn the Bucs offensive – as quickly as possible.
“Yeah it just takes time, and that’s something I don’t have a lot of, but using time efficiently is important,” Mankins said. “I’ll study as much as I can, talk to players, and do everything at practice. As long as I put in the work, hopefully I’ll be able to catch up.
“I have to learn where to go and how to do it, as well as knowing what the guys around me are doing. We have to get comfortable working together, and we’ll start doing that.”
Part of learning an offense isn’t just figuring out the playbook Mankins said.
“Not so much, but playing with the new guys around you is always different, depending on how they do certain things. It’s just about getting on the same page.
“Well football is football, so it will all be fine. I’m good at getting along with everyone, it’s a good locker room from what I’ve noticed so far, so it’s been great. The terminology will be the hardest part to get down, but I think I have enough time to learn it.”
PewterReport.com asked quarterback Josh McCown if can already see why Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was so disappointed to see his friend and teammate get traded.
“I see why [Tom Brady was upset], Logan is first class, he’s a pro,” McCown said. “We inserted him on the first day and he was on top of everything with minimal study time or preparation time relative to the rest of us. He’s been awesome. I understand Tom’s frustrations, I would understand anybody’s frustration when you take a guy like Logan off of your team or away from your franchise because he brings so much, not with how impressive he was on the field, but his presence, his work ethic and the way he approaches the game.”
Starting right tackle Demar Dotson is another one who has been impressed with what he has seen from his new teammate.
“He’s picked it up. He’s a smart guy. Coming from the Patriots, you have to be smart, so he came in and started studying from day one. He doesn’t look like he’s having any struggles, just putting in the time that he needs to catch up, and he’ll do what he has to do to be ready, he’s a pro.”
As if learning a new city, schools for his children and how to get from his hotel to the office wasn’t enough, Mankins will also be dealing with facing one of the best defenses in the NFL.
“It’s a big challenge, Carolina’s got a great defensive front, and great linebackers, so we’ll have our hands full trying to get ready for those guys,” Mankins said. “Fortunately I played them a couple of weeks ago, but I know they’ll be fired up for this game and defending themselves as NFC South Champions, so it will be a big test for us.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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