Cleaning out the notebook from Pats' OTA

June, 6, 2014
Jun 6
5:00
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cleaning out the notebook from the Patriots’ organized team activity:

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1. Left guard Logan Mankins, one of the team’s captains, has been pleased with the team’s attendance at voluntary organized team activities. “It’s your job,” he said. “If you don’t want to be here, you don’t have to be. But if you don’t have a good excuse, you should be here.”

2. Mankins missed last Friday’s organized team activity because of a family commitment, while receiver Brandon LaFell was excused to attend a ceremony for one of his high school coaches.

3. Receiver Danny Amendola on facing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner: “They both have similar qualities but they’re also a little different, too. Browner has long arms, so you have to use your quickness. Revis is just so smart and so quick, and obviously has a knack for playing good football. It’s been great for our receiving corps and we’re all getting better out there.”

4. LaFell said the level of work in New England is increased from what he experienced in Carolina, and he admitted that learning a new playbook has been a challenge. LaFell said there are no similarities between the terminology of the Panthers’ system and the Patriots’ system – Carolina’s was numbers-based, while New England’s is more with code words.

5. Running back Stevan Ridley said he spent time this offseason in Los Angeles, joining several teammates including Julian Edelman, Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Mallett. “It was a little bit of everybody, it was almost like an open house,” Ridley said, adding that former teammate Brandon Spikes was there as well.

6. The Patriots continue to manage the health situation along the offensive line, as starting left tackle Nate Solder has been working with the rehab group and starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer has not yet graduated to participating in 11-on-11 drills. Also, fourth-round draft pick Cameron Fleming is not yet cleared to practice because his class at Stanford hasn’t graduated. So it’s been Marcus Cannon at left tackle and Jordan Devey at right tackle in 11-on-11s.

7. Mankins on the offensive line: "I like it so far. It’s still a work in progress. We still have a lot of mistakes happening now but that’s expected this time of year. We don’t want to do that but it still happens. We’re working to get by that and make sure everyone is ready to go for training camp, then it’s who stays healthy and who plays the best.”

8. Assistant coach Brendan Daly once again worked with the defensive linemen, with Patrick Graham assuming Pepper Johnson’s old role with the linebackers.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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