Mankins: Pats don't mind 'cheap and dirty' labels

Justin Tuck's comments that the New England Patriots offensive line's style was "cheap" and "dirty" doesn't faze Logan Mankins one bit.

In fact, the Patriots guard takes it as a compliment to himself and his line mates as they ready to face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.

"That's alright. We don't mind being called dirty or cheap or any of that stuff. That's a compliment to us," Mankins said in his press conference yesterday.

Mankins said the Giants, even with Tuck's comments, are no different in his mind than any other defensive line in the league in regards to whether he likes them or not.

"We don't like any defensive line, so they are on the list. I don't think there's any more than any other team," Mankins said.

One thing is certain. The outcome of this game could hinge in large part on the Patriots offensive line rising to the challenge of protecting Tom Brady and keeping the likes of Tuck an Jason Pierre-Paul off their quarterback.

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