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New England Patriots Links 8/05/11 - Mankins Lets Haynesworth Know Who's the Boss

Jeff Howe reports Haynesworth finally met his match with the return of Logan Mankins.

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth finally met his match on the practice field, as Mankins got the better of the matchups between the two players who might be the strongest on the team. The Patriots double-teamed Haynesworth early during his live reps against offensive linemen -- mostly using Dan Koppen, but Solder was in there once -- but Mankins held his own in one-on-one battles in all but a single rep. Haynesworth participated in about 10 live reps in the first half of the practice.

Karen Guregian reports Taylor Price hopes he can earn Tom Brady's trust this year, and as one of the best receivers in camp he's off to a good start.

"I think I have a good overall game. I have the speed to go deep but I feel like I can run intermediate routes," Price said. "I can run quick routes and get up field and make a short play a long play. So, I feel like there’s no limit to the routes that I can run."

"I love [the competition]. It only makes you a better receiver,’’ he said. "You’ve got to go out there every day like it’s a game day and bring your ‘A’ game and be ready to compete every single day. Be ready to go."

Mark Farinella notes Bill Belichick seemed increasingly annoyed when reporters ask him about whether the Patriots will have a base 3-4 defense or a base 4-3.

"Honestly, I think that's something that is a media fabrication," he said. "There are a lot of different alignments out there. You see 4-3 teams use odd spacing. You see 3-4 teams use even spacing. You have 11 players, you can put them in various positions. Whether you want to put it on the pre-game depth chart as one thing or another, I think is a little bit overrated."