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Paul's Calls: Jones soaks it in

The Patriots made several of their rookies available to the media just prior to their first on-field practice on Friday. First-round pick Chandler Jones was among those who spoke, and one word he used to describe his plans for the weekend was echoed by virtually every other player – "sponge."

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"I need to learn all the dos and don'ts. Just be a sponge," Jones said when asked about meeting with his new teammates in the near future. "Know your role and just earn respect from everyone."

Jones, the 21st overall pick and the Patriots top selection, said he didn't have much of an idea of how things would go once he got on the field but was only concerned with taking his directions from the coaches.

"I have no idea what to expect," Jones said. "I'm just going in there blind and just taking it a day at a time. A lot of people tell me I only get the opportunity to make one first impression. This week is my opportunity to make a first impression. What I'm trying to do is learn this playbook and impress the coaches."

Jones worked with other edge players attacking a sled working on tackling technique under the watch of new coaching assistant Joe Judge (who has a special teams background) and safeties coach Brian Flores during the brief period open to the media at practice.

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