NORTON — Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said he's already spoken with first-round pick Nate Solder in an attempt to try and make the rookie feel at ease.
Speaking before Joe Andruzzi's Charity Golf Tournament at TPC Boston on Monday afternoon, Mankins said he's all for helping out a teammate, especially one who is caught up in the throes of the lockout and hasn't had a chance to get into the system yet.
"Yeah, I have spoken to Nate. He seems like a great guy. I gave him a little advice. Tried to help him out the best you can in the situation that we're in right now," Mankins said of Solder, a left tackle who was selected in the first round of last month's draft by New England. "I'm more than willing to help any young guy who needs anything. Look — he's in a tough situation right now. He doesn't know what's going on. he has no coaches to talk to. He's just trying to make it in this league, and if I can help him, I will."
As a rookie, Mankins recalled just how beneficial the spring practice sessions — the organized team activities, the workouts and the rest — were for him before getting into training camp. He doesn't envy this group of rookies, who won't have that luxury because of the lockout.
"Oh, they're going to be way behind," Mankins said. "I remember when I was a rookie, I started Day One and I still felt like I didn't know everything, and I was there the whole offseason, the whole training camp. Everything. So they're going to be way behind, and I guess you'll see the guys who can pick it up pretty fast."
As for his future with the team, Mankins smiled when he was asked about the possibility of a long-term deal with the Patriots.
"Shoot — the NFL and the players can't even agree on anything right now," he said. "We'll worry about that once they can strike a deal."
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