Ninkovich: Workouts 'huge for us'

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich shared his thoughts on the Patriots’ workouts at Boston College on Thursday.

“We’re running around, and we’re doing some basic stuff, but it feels good because we’re together,” he said after Day 2 of the three-day schedule. “Everyone is out there having fun. We’re just waiting for all this stuff to be over with, and we’ll be back, hopefully soon.”

The pace of the workout looked was similar to an organized team activity, with Ninkovich explaining, “You don’t want anyone to get hurt, so you just have to shadow people, no contact, and just be smart about it. You can’t be running around hitting people.”

Ninkovich, who has spent the offseason in Massachusetts working out with Jerod Mayo and about 10 other players, was asked his opinion on the primary benefits of the workouts.

“It’s huge for us to just come together,” he said. “Whenever this lockout is over with, if you don’t get together, that’s months of not being with your teammates. So it’s good to just kind of get a little jump-start on some things, especially for the younger guys it’s going to help them.”

With more than 40 players in attendance, Ninkovich believes that reflects a tight-knit club.

"It means that we hold that team camaraderie and getting ready for the next season, we value that highly," he said. "Everybody is trying to get better. Last year, we didn't end it the way we wanted to, so this year we have to start all over again and get back to where we were."