Offensive guard Logan Mankins spoke at Patriots training camp today, touching on a number of subjects, including when he may retire, expectations for the team, and new offensive line coach, Dave DeGuglielmo.
Mankins has taken a fair amount of criticism from fans and analysts this offseason (myself included), and I am sure he will be looking to silence the doubters in the coming months.
On how much time he has left:
I don’t know. That’s a good question. It depends on health I think, and if they want to keep me around here still. We’ll see.
Well, we have pretty high expectations every season. 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.
On Gronkowski being cleared:
Well, it’s a positive. We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We’ll just see where he is, how good he is right now. It’s great to have him out there. He’s a dynamic blocker. He does a great job in the blocking and he’s a big target for Tom [Brady] to get the ball to and he gets open. Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.
And on 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.