Entering his 10th NFL season, Patriots left guard Logan Mankins is wired to turn up his workouts this time of year. The postmortem rest takes longer as each offseason feels shorter, but every April, the football zombies’ biological clocks can sense the launch of formal team workouts, which begin Monday at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots. As Mankins knows, the chance to participate is a symbol of gainful employment, and he hopes to have a few more rounds remaining. “I’ve been very fortunate,” Mankins said. “No catastrophic injuries. I’ve been lucky enough to stay with one team this entire time and play for a great head coach, great organization, a lot of great teammates, and it’s been a fun ride. Hopefully, it lasts a few more years. I don’t know. I think I’ve been truly lucky here.” But wait, Mankins played through a torn ACL for the majority of the 2011 season, so what in the name of Cliff Huxtable does he consider a catastrophic injury? “Something you can’t play with,” Mankins said. “That was just, I think I was lucky that year, too. I had the type of body that could handle it, so it’s one of those things where I guess I’m lucky in a lot of aspects to have the things that have happened to me happen.” Mankins, a team captain since 2011, might hold an even more important leadership role this year as the Patriots transition to new offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo after legendary assistant Dante Scarnecchia retired. Though the Pats are projected to start the same five offensive linemen — left tackle Nate Solder, center Ryan Wendell, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer — for the third consecutive season, Mankins is a leader by actions and has the clout in the locker room to yield consequences for anyone who falls off-course. He doesn’t expect any noticeable differences in the way he handles himself behind the scenes, but then again, no one can assuredly project what will happen when someone other than Scarnecchia coaches the offensive line for the first time since 1998. “It might. It might not,” Mankins said of the possibility his leadership role changes. “I’m kind of the leader of that room before, so I would assume it would be about the same. It just depends on how things are going and what is happening. It’s hard to predict how things are going to go.” For now, Mankins is simply getting ready for another season. He has been surgery-free for two consecutive offseasons, and he has worked out at Gillette with Connolly for a while. Just a couple of big boys throwing around some weights, Mankins classified.
Logan Mankins ready to try luck again
Boston Herald | Apr 18