FOXBORO -- If anyone ever looked the part of an offensive lineman, it's Logan Mankins.
He lumbered into the Gillette Stadium media room on Thursday, his face wrapped in a tangle of course reddish brown hair. Making the black microphones in front of him look something like toothpicks, he leaned his 6-foot-4, 308-pound frame over the podium and began to answer questions.
The last of the media's queries had to do with that thing that looked to have swallowed his chin. How long had he been growing that beard anyway?
"It's not a full season," Mankins said. "But it's a good part of it. I was glad we had it yesterday. It was pretty cold out there."
Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has one of the other signature beards on the Patriots. His is jet black, though. And clean cut. Compared to Mankins' mess, it looks like it's been as carefully manicured as the outfield at Fenway Park.
"Rob, he's got a nice beard," Mankins said. "I think he's got some PEDs in there or something, but it looks good."
How might Mankins' stack up against the beards of all beards in town -- those of the World Series champion Red Sox? Mankins paused.
"I don't know," he said. "Those guys looked good. Especially the ones with gray in it. Those are always my favorites."
Take a bow, David Ross. The biggest, baddest bearded man in New England envies your cheek sweater.