Patriots practice for a second day

The unmistakable physique of nose tackle Vince Wilfork was on display at an informal Patriots workout at BC yesterday. The unmistakable physique of nose tackle Vince Wilfork was on display at an informal Patriots workout at BC yesterday. (Winslow Townson for The Globe)
By Greg A. Bedard
Globe Staff / June 3, 2011

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The Patriots went through a second day of informal workouts at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium yesterday. While they aren’t working with coaches, the players feel there is value.

“I think it’s huge for us to just come together,’’ said linebacker Rob Ninkovich. “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.’’

The crowd was basically the same as Wednesday’s, with more than 40 players in attendance. Quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Jerod Mayo, and nose tackle Vince Wilfork put the players through their paces in what looked like a normal offseason practice: positional drills, seven-on-sevens, red zone, and two-minute drills during 11-on-11.

“The best thing about it is you get to hear the plays again,’’ said running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. “Everybody gets to play with the sounds and timing.’’

Brady, who declined to speak to reporters, looked healthy coming back from foot surgery and seemed in a jovial mood.

“I think right now everyone’s anxious to get back on the football field,’’ Ninkovich said. “It’s a good thing. Feels good to be out there running around. Just doing some basic stuff.

“It feels good to get together and everyone’s out there having fun. We’re just waiting for all this stuff to be over with and then we’ll be back, hopefully, soon.’’

One of the surprise additions to the workout was veteran running back Kevin Faulk, who is coming off ACL surgery and hasn’t said he’ll be playing this season. But he looked healthy.

“Just trying to get back into form, that’s all,’’ Faulk 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.

“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.’’

The players also placed some significance on the high number of participants.

“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.’’

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