CHESTNUT HILL — The Patriots went through a second day of large-scale informal workouts at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium this morning.
Most of the same group was there from Wednesday’s session, with free agent running back Kevin Faulk the notable addition. He’s coming back from ACL surgery in October and appeared to be fairly healthy.
“Just trying to get back into form, that’s all,” he said. “It’s football. It’s an injury that happened a while ago, that’s why they have technology with doctors and things are advanced right now. Just pray to God and keep going on, that’s all.”
Asked if he’d be ready to be signed by any teams when the lockout is over, Faulk said, “Nobody’s ready right now. That’s why everybody’s trying to get back into it. We’re just trying to get back into football.”
Linebacker Rob Ninkovich said the workouts are needed at this point of the offseason.
“I think it’s huge for us to just come together,” he said. “Whenever this lockout is over with, if you don’t get together, that’s months of not being with your teammates so I think this is good to get a little jump start on some things, especially for the younger guys. It’s going to help them.”
Approximately 40 players were present at the closed workout. That number is higher than other teams have posted.
“I think it means that we hold that team camaraderie and getting ready for the next season, we value that highly so everyone’s trying to get better,” Ninkovich said. “Last year we didn’t end it the way we wanted to so this year we’ve got to start all over again. So we have to get back to where we were.”
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said it was good to just run through some plays again, instead of just working out.
“The best thing about it is you get to hear the plays again,” he said. “Everybody gets to play with the sounds and timing. The best thing about it is we get to work together. And guys were running as fast as they could.”
Green-Ellis, Faulk and Danny Woodhead could be seen helping rookies Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley through the plays.
“Everybody’s working hard,” Green-Ellis said. “We’re all working hard towards the same goal.”
The Patriots went through a normal mini-camp practice with positional drills, 7-on-7 action, red zone plays and the two-minute drill.