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

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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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