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Mankins quick hits: Respect for pass rush

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick hits from Logan Mankins' Friday afternoon press conference at Gillette Stadium:

On how the Patriots have changed since their Week 9 loss to the Giants: “We’ll see if we got any better or not. We had a few guys out (Dane Fletcher, Shaun Ellis, Brandon Spikes, injured in the game’s third quarter); they had a few guys out (Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw). We’ve got our guys back and they got theirs back, and it should be a good game.”

On the Giants’ pass rush: “It’s very good. They’ve got good pass rushers across the board, and when their backups come in they’re good, too. So you could always have four guys who are very good pass rushers in the game.”

On Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul: “He’s another one of those guys. He’s a big guy and he’s got very good skills, and he does a lot of things that other guys can’t do. He’s got the power, the speed, he’s got all of it, so that’s what makes him hard to block.”

On the health of his left knee: “Yeah, I would say [the past couple days’ break] has helped. I made it through the whole game last [week] so that was good. And this week [the break] is going to help even more, so I’m glad we had this week off.”

On Tom Brady’s coolness under pass-rush pressure: “It’s the same thing that makes Tom successful against any team: He knows where the guys are coming from, he can read the defense fast, and he gets the ball to the right guy. I think he does a pretty good job against every team.”

On head coach Bill Belichick: “What you see is what you get. He’s a very good coach. He’s a demanding coach. He wants everything his way, and that’s worked for a long time for Bill, so it’s hard to argue with his success.”

On Super Bowl XLII: “That was four years ago. Next question.”