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Devin McCourty on Patriots offseason workouts: 'It's like the first day of school'

Devin McCourty on Patriots offseason workouts: 'It's like the first day of school'

Just over two months after winning their sixth Super Bowl of the millennium, the New England Patriots returned to action on Monday. It was the first day of their offseason workout program.

While not all of the Patriots were there -- Michael Bennett and Tom Brady were the notable absences -- a good chunk of the team was.

Long-time Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty was among the veterans on hand and seemed excited to be back on the job. He spoke about returning in an interview that the Patriots posted on Twitter.

I think any time you come back this time of year, it's like the first day of school. Obviously, we've had a lot of changes, but (we're) just getting acclimated to that and getting ready to roll.

The Patriots will continue to undergo the changes McCourty referenced in the coming weeks, as the 2019 NFL Draft will take place next week. The Patriots have 12 picks and are expected to add some offensive weapons, as they have done plenty of work on receivers and tight ends ahead of the draft.

In addition to McCourty's comments, starting center David Andrews also weighed in on the return to the team and expressed a similar sentiment to his teammate. He's excited, and the team is hungry for success.

Just keep your head down, keep working, take it day by day. You know, that's why we all do this. We love the game of football. We love to compete. You know, that's fun and that's what makes up the team I think.

Part of why the Patriots have been so good for so long is their penchant to find hard-working players that love the grind. If this interview is any indication, the attitude of the team hasn't changed.

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

Check out Tom's list of the Top 15 players taken at No. 32 overall.>>>>

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

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