NORTON, Mass. – Quick hits from the Joe Andruzzi Foundation golf tournament at TPC Boston:
Great turnout of coaches. Patriots coaches had the day off, which created the opportunity for them to play in the tournament. Andruzzi’s old position coach with the team, Dante Scarnecchia, was present, along with Matt Patricia (safeties), Ivan Fears (running backs), Pepper Johnson (defensive line) and Harold Nash (strength & conditioning), among others.
Equally great turnout with players. Andruzzi knows how to draw a crowd, with at least 20 current and former players in attendance. Some of the current players included Logan Mankins, Mark LeVoir, Jermaine Cunningham, Dane Fletcher and Ryan Wendell. Former Patriots offensive lineman Russ Hochstein was among the former New England players on hand, along with Peter Brock, the president of the Patriots Alumni Club.
Andruzzi pleased with turnout. Andruzzi was asked his thoughts on having so many with Patriots ties show up to support him. “They know the player I was, the person I am, and what I went through a couple years ago and now what we’re trying to do with our foundation,” he answered. “They know what we’re about and helping a lot of people. So they’re here to support and lose some golf balls [laughing].”
Mankins putting in the work. Mankins looked like he was ready to put on the pads today. “Just doing the same thing I did last year. I’ve been around for a while, I know how to get ready for football seasons. You just have to put in the work and get your body conditioning, that’s what it takes,” he said.
LeVoir positions himself to be part of the mix. With uncertainty surrounding the future of Matt Light, and with the possibility that first-round draft choice Nate Solder might need time to emerge without having the benefit of offseason camps, LeVoir’s presence was a reminder that he could provide important depth at the offensive tackle spot. Since joining the Patriots on Sept. 1, 2008, the five-year veteran has appeared in 32 games, with two starts, both coming in 2008. He was active for six games last season.
Mankins anticipating a long summer. Like others involved with the game, Mankins is sometimes asked “Will there be football in 2011?” His answer: “I don’t know. I really hope we do, I hope something can happen, but the way it’s looking right now it’s going to be a long summer.”
Not easy to fill the Stephen Neal void. Mankins touched on the big void created at right guard with Neal's retirement. "We're going to miss Steve. I've had a lot of teammates and Steve is by far one of the best teammates, best guys, you'll ever have," he said.