Aaron Dobson, Logan Mankins admit to "first-game jitters"

Dobson, Mankins admit to
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New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson and guard Logan Mankins say that they have jitters ahead of their pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Aaron Dobson and Logan Mankins have both admitted that they have "jitters" ahead of the New England Patriots' first game of the pre-season.

The AFC East champions have spent this week practising with the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of their game against Chip Kelly's team this evening.

The rookie wide receiver told the team's website: "Definitely jitters a little bit, just because it's something new. I'm ready for it. I'm excited to play [today].

"I feel like we got a lot done in these three days. I feel like we're taking steps forward as a team, and that's the goal."

Mankins, who has played for the Patriots since 2005, added: "It's always a big deal, getting that first one out of the way, getting your game day routine down again, get those first-game jitters out of the way. That's always a good feeling."

The Patriots will open the regular season against the Buffalo Bills.

New Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson at the NFL combine on February 24, 2013
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