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Patriots focus on Chargers' defense

New England's pass protection doing just fine without Logan Mankins

Updated: October 21, 2010, 11:24 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The NFL's trade deadline quietly passed Tuesday, and to the surprise of few, left guard Logan Mankins was not dealt.

Too many things had to happen for a Mankins trade to fall into place -- a team had to show interest, be willing to give up a lucrative long-term contract and give significant compensation to the New England Patriots.

So Mankins remains in the same situation he was in at the start of the season. And so do the Patriots.

While the Patriots ...

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