Patriots press conferences are usually about as exciting as watching paint dry, but Mankins has been around long enough to know what needs to happen for a successful season.
“Well, we have pretty high expectations every season” Mankins said when he was asked if stakes were higher since the team signed Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner and resigned Julian Edelman. “We expect to have a good football team and play good football and try to be there at the end. We added some good players and we kept some good players from previous years. I have the same expectations I do every year: for us to have a good football team. You just have to play the games and see how it goes.”
And after the retirement of longtime O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who’d been coaching with New England since before a lot of dynasty-era Patriots fans were born, Logan Mankins also had good news on new line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
“It’s been great. Googe– he’s a good guy. He’s a hard working guy. He’s very loud. He gets his point across well. He’s funny. It’s been great so far and once the pads come on we’ll really see how he wants things done and the way he coaches. We haven’t experienced him in a game situation yet, so we’re still getting to know him and he’s still getting to know us. That’s what all these practices are for.”
And with the big news of the day being Bill Belichick announcing the return of Rob Gronkowski, Mankins offered his two cents when asked about Gronk’s blocking ability:
“Yeah, he’s a very good blocker, especially for his position. A lot of times the guys that catch the ball as well as he does, they don’t really block at all. They try to get in the way sometimes, but Gronk goes after people and he tries to block the best that he can and most of the time it’s pretty good.”
“Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”
As for the mix of veterans like himself and greenhorns:
“This is the time of year you have to go out and prove it and you have to earn your job, so that’s what training camp is for: earning the job.”
Check out the video and full transcript on the Patriots official website.