Quick hits from the locker room

December, 30, 2013
12/30/13
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots used Monday to recap their season-finale win over the Bills, while also tying together some loose ends from the Ravens game in Week 16 (the Christmas holiday shuffled their normal schedule last week, leaving them to clean things up a bit today). Players were made available to the media in the afternoon, and below are some highlights from the locker room.

Walking boot for Mankins. Guard Logan Mankins briefly left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, one that looked serious at initial glance. He returned to the game and fought through it, but it appears to be something he'll have to deal with going forward, as there was a walking boot in front of his locker. The rest of the offensive line was spotted, but Mankins did not appear in the locker room.

Lockers spotted for Mattes, Reed. A pair of lockers were set up for new players on Monday: R.J. Mattes, who was with the Patriots in training camp and has previously been on the practice squad, as well as Taylor Reed, a rookie linebacker out of SMU who previously worked out for the team. No word on if they were signed to the practice squad, but the Patriots do have two open roster spots on the practice squad that can be filled.

Different feel for playoffs. Wide receiver Danny Amendola, among the Patriots that will make their playoff debuts next Saturday during the Divisional Round, said that he's excited for the postseason and talked about a different feel in the building. "Yeah, we realize -- we were talking about it today, it's a new season for us. We're just going to start fresh and play as hard as we can and go from there."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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