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Khalil Mack is Youth Stephen Gostkowski Jersey , New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear.He's no L.T."Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now," Belichick said Wednesday. "Yeah, I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class. So, you can put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players now, but we're talking about Lawrence Taylor."The Patriots visit the Bears this week and that means Belichick will get an up-close look at one of the game's top outside linebackers, assuming Mack is ready to play after injuring his ankle last week.Belichick knows the Patriots could have their hands full with a two-time All-Pro and havoc-wreaking edge rusher who has energized a struggling franchise. He's just not ready to place Mack — or anyone else — on Taylor's level."He's already had a huge impact on the Bears' defense in the first five games," said Belichick who was Taylor's position coach and then defensive coordinator with the New York Giants."So, I'm not taking anything away from him. You're talking about Lawrence Taylor, you're talking about probably the greatest defensive player in the history of the game. So, I think it's a little early. I mean, look White Trey Flowers Jersey , I wouldn't put anybody in Lawrence Taylor's category. Not that I've seen. And I've seen a lot of great players."Whether Mack will play this week is up in the air after he was injured in an overtime loss at Miami. He did not practice Wednesday, and coach Matt Nagy said he is day to day.Mack was hurt early in the game against the Dolphins and his 2018 streak of at least one sack and one forced fumble in each game ended. Playing without him would be a huge blow, particularly with Tom Brady and the Patriots visiting on Sunday."We're just going to continue to keep an eye on it and make sure whatever we do, we're more cautious than anything," Nagy said. "I believe in that and I think it's important to go that route."Mack has not missed a game since Oakland drafted him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2014. Chicago acquired him from the Raiders just before the start of the season, after he held out the entire offseason and preseason trying to secure a long-term deal rather than play under the final season of his rookie contract. Mack and the Bears then agreed to a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million.The trade for Mack has boosted a franchise with four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North. Despite the loss at Miami, the Bears (3-2) remain in sole possession of the division lead for the first time since late in the 2013 season. But the defense wasn't the same against the Dolphins with Mack at less than 100 percent.The pass rush never got to Miami quarterback Brock Osweiler, and the Bears' league-best run defense was trampled by 35-year-old running back Frank Gore for 101 of Miami's 161 yards rushing.Missed tackles on Albert Wilson contributed to two shorter passes going for long touchdowns to cap off a rough game in the heat for the Bears."I guess it happens every once in a while, not maybe to that extent, to have that much of an impact on a game," said cornerback Kyle Fuller White Phillip Dorsett Jersey , who had two interceptions. "But it's one of those things we just learn from it and move forward."NOTES: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), WR Allen Robinson (groin) and LG Eric Kush (neck) were limited in practice. DB Marcus Cooper (hamstring) did not participate.AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report. Nate Solder knows the Giants haven't played up to expectations this year, and it's on him to be part of the solution.The left tackle signed a four-year, $62 million contract in March with $35 million guaranteed, making him the league's highest-paid offensive lineman. His assignment was to anchor the left side of New York's beleaguered offensive line and protect Eli Manning's blind side.But the line has struggled so far for the Giants (1-5), and the 37-year-old Manning has been criticized for his performance. Solder said the entire offense shares the blame for the quarterback's struggles."I think a lot of that is almost expected," Solder said Saturday of the criticism. "I think we've done some good things and some bad ones. I think the expectations of me were extremely high. But I think the higher expectations work for everyone. I think we still have a chance to do some good things here. It's not my position to say anything about my teammates. I think we all get frustrated. We just have to move on and go forward."Manning has completed 68.7 percent of his throws, but the lack of protection has made it difficult for the Giants to push the ball downfield. He's averaging only 7.23 yards per completion, with six touchdown passes and four interceptions.Solder had been listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons (2-4) with a neck injury, but he said he never looks at the injury report and will play."We just have to start stringing a few together," Solder said. "We have to take it one day at a time, one game at a time. I think every game is important http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-kyle-van-noy-jersey , but we know we're in a tough spot. We just have to keep working and keep improving."There could be problems elsewhere on the offensive line. Right guard Patrick Omameh is questionable with a knee injury.Coach Pat Shurmur said if Omameh can't play, he will shift some people around, perhaps moving recent free-agent acquisition Spencer Pulley into the starting lineup at either guard or center and moving center John Greco to guard.Wide receiver Russell Shepard (neck) is also listed as questionable, and with fellow receiver Jawill Davis already ruled out with a concussion, the Giants will have to make a roster move to activate a third receiver. Bennie Fowler, brought in as a free agent last week, has been moved to the 53-man active roster and may see time with both the offense and special teams.Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, who missed the first four games with a high ankle sprain, believes he's ready for an increased role after he played limited snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday."I feel good," Vernon said. "I'm just trying to do what I know I can do. I just have to stay solid. I'm going to try to contain and be disruptive to a very good team. I just have to keep after it. If I can get a few pressures, then everything else will fall into place."Said Shurmur: "I think Olivier played some really good snaps last week and we're ready to build on that."
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