FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Five soundbites from the first day of Patriots mandatory minicamp:
Ty Warren’s return received well. The veteran defensive end spoke with reporters for the first time this offseason since returning from attending classes at Texas A&M toward his degree (he has 11 credit-hours remaining). His presence uplifted one teammate. “He has a lot of respect on this team, starting with me,” nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “My partner in crime.”
Defense adjustments to be digested. Warren explained how he has some catching up to do with some changes to the team’s defense. While the concepts remain the same, Warren said there have been tweaks to terminology that he had to learn. “I came in, got that ahead of time, which prepared me to be able to come out here today,” he said. “It’s one thing to go over it in the book, but coaches like to see you do it on the field as well.”
Players deflect talk of Logan Mankins. Last year at this time, Vince Wilfork was involved in a contract standoff with the Patriots. This year, it's Logan Mankins. But Wilfork wasn't interested in linking the two situations. "I have nothing to do with Logan's situation, so I'll leave that to Logan to talk about," he said. When a reporter persisted, Wilfork said: "What don't you understand? I'm not going to touch that. If you're going to sit here and talk about that all day, I'm out of here."
Warren high on veteran additions on D-line. Warren was asked his first impressions of two new teammates along the defensive line, Gerard Warren and Damione Lewis. “Cool guys, veteran guys,” he said, before adding that he thinks they will help the team’s defense. “They have a lot of experience, and have been productive in their careers.”
Wilfork likes Celtics’ chances. A big Celtics fan, Wilfork said he has faith that the team will be bringing one win home from Los Angeles to secure an 18th championship banner. “We have two games to get it done,” Wilfork said. “Hopefully tonight.”