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Patriots go through a second day of players-only workouts at Boston College

06.02.11 at 12:37 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL ‘€” The Patriots held their second players-only workout in as many days Thursday morning at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium, and for the second consecutive day, more than 40 players were in attendance for the session that ran for roughly 90 minutes.

During the workout, which was held in T-shirts and shorts, the following offensive players were spotted (with help from colleagues Jeff Howe, Ian Rapaport, Tom E. Curran and Greg Bedard): quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer; wide receivers Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, Buddy Farnham, Taylor Price, Darnell Jenkins and Deion Branch; running backs Thomas Clayton, Danny Woodhead, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis; offensive linemen Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Steve Maneri, Dan Koppen, Sebastian Vollmer, Rich Ohrnberger and Mark LeVoir; and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

We also saw the following defensive players at Thursday’s workout: defensive linemen Vince Wilfork, Kade Weston, Kyle Love, Mike Wright and Brandon Deaderick, cornerbacks Devin McCourty and Darius Butler; defensive back Matthew Slater; safeties Sergio Brown, Brandon Meriweather, Bret Lockett and Ross Ventrone; linebackers Dane Fletcher, Gary Guyton, Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham.

In addition, plenty of rookies were in attendance: offensive lineman Nate Solder, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, defensive back Malcolm Williams, running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, linebacker Markell Carter and quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The whole thing had the feel of a stepped-up walkthrough. There was some positional work, as well as a series of 7-on-7 drills as well as some two-minute work. Predictably, everyone looked a little rusty, but it was a good experience for everyone, according to the players who stopped to speak with the media once everything wrapped up.

‘€œIt was great to be back, shaking out the cobwebs,’€ Green-Ellis said. ‘€œThe best thing about it was just that we get to hear plays again, everybody get familiar with the sounds and terms. The best thing about is was to get together and bring things guys along as best we could.’€

‘€œNobody’€™s ready right now,’€ Faulk said. ‘€œThat’€™s why everybody is trying to get back into it. We’€™re just trying to get back to football.’€

While there had been a small group of roughly a dozen or so players who had been working out in the area in the last month or so, this series of workouts ‘€” clearly led by Brady ‘€” spread by word of mouth, according to Ninkovich.

“Me and Mayo have been working out, and he told me ‘Hey, we’re going to have a thing,’ and I just showed up,” he added. “I really don’t know how it all came about. But we all got the info and all decided to come out. It wasn’t one person getting the info and spreading it. It was kind of like someone was going to call one guy, and then they would call three more guys and they would tell the next guy. You would just make sure that the defense has the info and then the offense has the info, and we’re all here.

“By now, everyone is kind of itching to get back on the football field. It’s a good thing. It feels good to be out there running around,” he added. “It’s huge for us to come together. Whenever this lockout is over with, if you don’t get together, that’s months of not being with your teammates. I think this is good to just get a jump-start on some things, especially for the younger guys. I think it’ll help them.”

The group is expected to hold another workout Friday.

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