By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins talked to the media after Sunday's practice, marking the first time he spoke since signing his new six-year contract with the team.
Needless to say, he was all smiles.
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Im happy with it. Im ecstatic. This doesnt feel realyet, so I dont know how to take it yet. But Im very happy to be here.
Mankins said he wasn't involved in any of the negotiations, and "had no idea" that anything was happening until he got the call when it was done.
While glad that he no longer has to worry about a new contract, Mankins is determined to prove to the Patriots that he's worth all the money.
Thats one of the things I told my wife," said Mankins. "I was like, now Ihave to make sure I earn it. I dont want to be one of those guys that shows upto collect his check, or one of those guys that gets hurt every year. Sohopefully I can stay healthy and give my best effort.
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The Patriots have announced a series of initiatives to celebrate the 2001 Super Bowl championship team on the 15th aniversary of their title-winning season.
Throughout the course of the 2016 season, the Patriots will feature special content online and on Patriots All-Access that will lead up to Dec. 4, when Gillette Stadium will host a reunion of the 2001 team during halftime of the Patriots-Rams regular-season matchup.
The Patriots have already featured images of moments from the 2001 campaign on tickets for their eight regular-season home games. They'll also have a special exhibit dedicated to the 2001 team at The Hall at Patriot Place beginning in the fall. In addition, issues of Patriots Football Weekly this year will include posters of shots from the 2001 season.
"The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season."
The Patriots said that video vignettes of the 2001 season will launch this week on Twitter and Facebook as well as on Patriots.com.
Jerod Mayo looks at the looming quarterback situation for the Patriots and can’t help thinking back to his rookie season.
The former Patriots linebacker who graduated (ahem) to co-hosting “Quick Slants” with me on Monday nights, was asked how drastic the impact of Brady’s four-game suspension will be.
“I still remember 2008, my rookie year, in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom tears his ACL,” said Mayo. “Matt Cassel, at the same point, had zero starts just like Jimmy Garoppolo and we won 11 games. I know we missed the playoffs, but we still won 11 games and that’s something.”
Asked what the message Bill Belichick gave the team in the wake of Brady’s injury and what Mayo anticipates the message being now, Mayo answered, “Honestly, it’s so cliché but it’s that ‘next man up’ mentality and the depth of the team that Bill Belichick builds, you just can’t top it.”
Later in the show, Mayo indicated he wouldn’t be surprised if the team did add a little more quarterback depth in camp. In 2015, the team brought on both Ryan Lindley and Matt Flynn as a cushion behind Brady and Garoppolo.
Tom Brady is supposed to have no contact with the Patriots regarding football during his four-game suspension. Will the NFL make sure that doesn’t happen? How can they?
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald discussed it with Toucher and Rich.