FOXBOROUGH — As he starts his 10th NFL season, Logan Mankins isn’t necessarily looking forward to the rigors of training camp, but he can appreciate its purpose.
“At this point you’d just rather get to the games, but I understand what training camp is for. It’s needed, it’s necessary,” Mankins said on Wednesday morning. “It’s just one of those things you have to put yourself through and it makes you better, it gets you in good shape, so it’s necessary.”
Patriots veterans were due at Gillette Stadium by Wednesday for physicals and to take their conditioning test in advance of the team’s first training camp practice on Thursday beginning at 9:15 a.m. To kick things off, Mankins, Devin McCourty, and Rob Ninkovich met with reporters.
After sporting a full beard in recent years, Mankins took the podium clean-shaven. The change was so stark that after a photo of him talking was posted on Twitter, fans commented that he was nearly unrecognizable.
Mankins, one of the longest-tenured players on the roster, said camp isn’t just a time for him to get in shape; it’s also a time for him to learn about his teammates’ mettle.
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