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January 13, 2014

Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. LeGarrette Blount — The horse is kicking in the barnyard and nobody can do a thing to settle him down. Running with great lean right now. Pounding folks. Another one who is having fun. You can tell.

2. Logan Mankins — Giddy like a little boy when the Pats start to run the game. If I had John Hannah in his prime and Mankins in his, I think I’d take Mankins. It does not get any better.

3. Jamie Collins — They allowed him to do things mainly moving forward on Saturday and the kid exploded. I have no issues with him rushing Peyton Manning from one edge and Chandler Jones attacking from the other this week. His athletic ability is special.

NO SHOWS

1. Danny Aiken — One bad long snap is all it takes. Let’s hope he is renting.

2. Alfonzo Dennard — When someone named LaVon Brazill -- he of the 23-career catch Brazills -- has burnt you for a pair of long TDs, there is no need to talk smack or celebrate on the field if you actually make a play.

3. Kenbrell Thompkins — Officially has slid into the abyss after opening the year at the “S” (for savior) receiver. Three targets, no catches and he left early with yet another injury.

GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (A) ... Road-graders, steam-rollers and they moved in concert like the Pops’ string section. Huge holes allowed the Pats three lead backs to average 5.5 yards per try. They were mean and nasty. Old school stuff. A great effort to send NBC announcing relic Dan Dierdorf to pasture.

Running Backs (A+) ... LeGarrette Blount’s attitude and pad level make Corey Dillon’s work here look soft.

Tight Ends (C) ... They blocked, and Mike Hoomanawanui had a 6-yard grab, but they are clearly after-thoughts in this offense.

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