The football season doesn’t kick off until September, but a large contingent of Patriots players went to work in Foxborough on Monday.
Via photos from Patriots.com, around 30 players were in attendance Monday, including quarterback Tom Brady, defensive end Rob Ninkovich, cornerback Logan Ryan, and safety Devin McCourty.
“We’re all excited to be back, and all have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder,” Ryan said, via Patriots.com. “We’re one of those teams that everybody shows up [for voluntary OTAs], so it’s important to us. It’s important to get a good start, and get that jump over everybody else, because the whole team’s here, and we’re building that camaraderie.”
The Patriots’ 2015 season ended with a loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. Ryan alluded to having his sights set on a Super Bowl appearance for 2016.
“A lot of guys back, a lot of guys who played in that AFC Championship last year, and a lot of guys who want to go a little step further than that. So I think we all came in hungry and happy,” Ryan said.
Some of the Patriots’ offseason additions were also in attendance at Foxborough.
“There’s always going to be turnover,” Ninkovich said. “There’s always going to be new faces, so for me it’s just leading by example, doing the best I can to help any of the new guys that are here, and get them up to speed as fast as possible, and become a Patriot.”
Ninkovich has been with the Patriots since 2009, and has recorded 42 sacks in his seven seasons with the team. Ryan has played in every regular season game since New England drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.