Sound bites from Logan Mankins

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Without revealing details as to why he reported to the Patriots this week, two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins simply said Wednesday, “it was just time.”

The Q&A from Mankins today:

On what he’s been doing

“Hanging out, playing a lot of golf, hanging out with my family a lot. It’s been good to spend a lot of time with them.”

On his workout regimen

“I’ve been training quite a bit. We’ll see today how it goes, how good of shape I’m in … I’ve played football a long time now. I’ve been through a lot of offseasons. I took this offseason like I take every other one and did all the things I’ve been taught through the years. I didn’t hit anyone, or do anything like that, so that will all be new to me.”

Emotions on walking through the door for the first time

“It was good. I’m happy to be back. I have a lot of friends here. Lot of guys I have a lot of respect for and love playing with. It was good to see everyone again. When I let a bunch of guys know the day before, everyone was pretty happy I was coming back. I knew I had a lot of support.”

Thoughts on his first practice today

“Anxious. Nervous. A little bit of everything. I haven’t done it for a while and everyone else has been doing it for a few months. I’m sure I’m behind and have a long way to go to catch up.”

How difficult his absence has been on him between balancing principle and playing football

“It was tough, but I don’t really think about that stuff a lot. I do a little bit. Once you get into the routine of doing other things, it kind of makes it a little easier. I love football and I wanted to be out there playing, but we had some other things going on. Now I’m back and ready to go.”

On if he sees himself playing in New England long-term

“I’m not commenting on the past, or the future. Right now, I’m here to help the team, help them get ready for Cleveland. That’s what I’m looking at right now.”

Expectations on how quickly he will be involved

“No expectations at this moment. Taking it day by day and we’ll see how everything happens.”

On if missing seven games was productive for him

“I don’t know. We’ll find out.”

If he got what he wanted from it

“Not at the moment.”

On if there are any lingering bad feelings between him and management

“I’ve talked to everyone here, we’re all on the same page right now, so I don’t see that there should be any problems.”

Watching Patriots games

“I watched all the games except for the last one. I was busy, trick-or-treating with my kids. I wasn’t going to watch it on TiVo because I already knew who won.”

Thoughts on the offensive line

“They played great. They had a lot of good games. I know one thing – I had a lot more faith in Dan Connolly than you guys did before the season started. Dan is a great friend of mine. He’s done a great job. It was fun watching him play and get that opportunity to prove to everyone he could do it.”

How much he missed football

“Oh yeah, you miss it. It’s a game, it’s fun, that’s why we play it. You always miss something that you enjoy doing.”

If he has any regrets

“Maybe. Not right now, but maybe down the road I’ll look back and wish I didn’t, or maybe I’ll look back and be happy I did.”

What he missed the most

“Being with the guys. Playing football. It’s pretty special to play football, you become really good friends with all those guys and any time you line up with someone and you see all the work they’ve put in, and you put in together, and you go out and do it together it’s pretty special. I missed doing that with these guys. I’m close with all these guys. We’re all friends. Everyone thought I was in California. I’ve been here since April. I’ve seen the guys all the time. We’ve played golf together. Went out together. Ate together. That was the hardest part – being away from guys I truly like and like to be around.”

On talking with Tom Brady during his absence

“Tom is a great guy. He looks at things and really thinks about it. When you talk to Tom, and you’re getting advice from Tom, you know it’s good advice because he’s really thinking about what he’s saying. He’s not just telling you something.”

Why he came back now

“What I said earlier, I’m not going to get into why I came back now. I’m not looking at it as if I’m early. I’m eight weeks late.”

On his contract and long-term security

"I'm not too worried about that right now. After the season is when that will come up. If you want to talk about money after the season, if you can find me, I'll talk to you."

For more on Mankins, check out our news story HERE