May 5, 2013

Patriots Beat: Patriots gladly wear the Scarlet letter

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Jones, the undrafted free agent, said the Rutgers guys all look out for each other, giving encouragement when needed, tips when asked. It helps, he added, to know that McCourty and Francis are here.

"It's good seeing familiar faces," he said. "When you go into a new place it's sometimes difficult because you don't know anybody, but coming here with Devin and Justin Francis and the guys I'm coming in with this year, it's definitely a blessing being in that situation."

Ryan agrees, but only to a point. He knows this is not going to be easy for any of them.

"It's new to all of us," he said. "We're all learning it, we all have questions, this new lifestyle, of being a professional, is brand new. We definitely can lean on each other a bit, but we're definitely wide-eyed a little bit."

Besides, he said, they're all part of something bigger now.

"I'm excited to contribute for the team and the Patriots," he said. "I've got a lot more teammates than just four now. I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of my Patriot teammates."

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