Q: Is it frustrating to be limited out here for the first week and a half or is it kind of nice to get a little rest?
SV: I do what I can do with trainers and coaches and strength staff and whatever. I do what they tell me to do. I can't really do much about it, so that's what I do.
Q: You're a veteran now. Has that perspective ever hit you when you look around and see young guys and rookies next to you?
SV: Yeah, it goes quick. Coming in with Matt Light and Logan [Mankins] and all those guys, I was one of the younger guys and now I'm one of the older ones. It kind of happens. You've just go to do what got you to this point and keep doing it – try to build on last year I guess.
Q: What do you see from the two guards the Patriots drafted?
SV: They work hard. I think that's what training camp is about. We all have our issues we have to work out, so it's kind of hard to concentrate on other people. They're all trying to work hard and trying to get better.
Q: How would you describe this offseason in terms of how you approached your work?
SV: It's about the same answer. Whatever you can do, you do, whether it's a certain lift and you have to not do that or whatever it is, running. You just kind of work on yourself and try to get better – conditioning, strength, whatever it is.
Q: How much of your performance is tied into the right guard and his ability to play with you? Do you try to build up chemistry with a guy like Tre' Jackson at this time in the year?
SV: Yeah, obviously you want to line up next to the guy you play with, but it's football – injuries happen. People [end up] not on a team for whatever reason, so you try to get that chemistry with every guy you have who could potentially line up next to you. As long as everyone does their assignment and knows what they're doing you should be OK. There are subtle differences. You kind of want to adjust to that, but I'd say as long as you do what you do, you should be OK.
Q: Have you gone back to Germany since the Super Bowl? What was the reaction?
SV: I did not. It's not soccer, so I don't know.
Q: The other day, Willie McGinest mentioned how fast your playing career goes. Does it feel like it went fast when you look back and you're already here?
SV: I don't think it's time to reflect. It's kind of looking forward. Training camp is hard, the dog days of training camp, and I'm trying to get through that and build on yesterday and the day before and all that stuff. Whenever you're done I think you reflect on what you did in your career.
Q: Does the fact that you can see the first game approaching help unwind from the dog days of training camp?
SV: Yeah, I guess. We're going to start hitting other people. That's good, but it still seems far away. More practice is coming, so you have to take it one day at a time.
Q: How much do the joint practices with other teams help in terms of energy level and breaking up the monotony of training camp?
SV: That's exactly right. I think one, you hit different guys. You see different schemes. You kind of measure yourself up against another guy you might face later on in the future. I think it's more like a point where you can measure yourself and what you've done so far, see where you are and just get right to it.
Q: Since you practice against them, what are your thoughts on the newcomers on the defensive line?
SV: Again, everyone works hard. They've got their issues. I've got mine. We'll see. In the first game, we'll see.