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Mankins: When a hold isn't a hold

Mike Reiss/ESPN Boston

Logan Mankins at the podium Thursday at Gillette Stadium.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots guard Logan Mankins held an entertaining news conference this morning at Gillette Stadium, touching on a variety of topics, including his up-and-down play this season.

Mankins, a 2010 All-Pro, is tied for the team lead with six penalties. He's not happy about it.

"That's kind of irritating," he said, adding that there are a few other plays he'd like to have back.

Mankins has been flagged for four false starts (3 on road, 1 at home) and two holds this season. He disputed his most recent holding penalty, which came Sunday against the Jets when he was flagged for illegally blocking linebacker Bart Scott.

"That was a horrible call," he said, drawing laughter from reporters before adding: "I'm not even saying that to be funny. It was horrible."

Elsewhere, Mankins spent time speaking about teammate Brian Waters, the veteran guard who was with the Chiefs from 2000-2010, as well as the Chiefs' defense and Patriots' no-huddle offense.

There was one moment when he was asked about signing a big contract and if it made him nervous to meet the expectations that come with it, including not changing personally.

"I don't know if I was nervous, but I still want to be the same," he answered. "I want to work the same, I want to play the same. Those are things I'm trying to do."

Then, in a lighter moment, Mankins pointed out that analysts/reporters pay closer attention to a player once they sign a big contract. Mankins, an imposing presence, then mentioned one reporter by name, pointing to him in the crowd.

It was all in good fun.