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SiriusXM: Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Talks About the Rookies

Bill Belichick sounds hopeful about the rookies and other young players.

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joined SiriusXM Radio to share his thoughts on the young players on the Patriots roster and how they've been productive at camp.

Belichick on running back James White: You know, a guy who can really play on all three downs, good in the passing game, has good run skills, had a lot of production at Wisconsin. Actually played ahead of [Melvin Gordon] his senior year, when Gordon was a junior, sophomore, whatever he was, an underclassman. But a quality guy, smart, really team oriented, does a great job. And like a lot of guys, looking to make a jump from year one to year two.

Belichick on offensive guard Shaq Mason: Shaq is an interesting guy who was in a run-oriented offense at Georgia Tech, they only threw the ball a handful of times each game. So he's got a ways to go in pass protection, but he's really smart and he's picked up things well and we'll just keep giving him more reps and see where he can improve. I'd say he's probably ahead of most rookies coming into the league as a run blocker, and probably behind a little bit on the passing end.

Belichick on offensive guard Tre Jackson: Tre has a lot of experience, been a three year starter at Florida State, played next to [Bryan Stork], so he's played against a lot of good competition in a Pro Style type offense.

Belichick on safety Jordan Richards: Richards has done a good job for us, he got a late start because of the school commitment to Stanford, but he's come back to the Spring late, but he's had a good camp. He's a smart kid, really controls the defense well, good communicator, can play strong or free [safety], so he has some versatility there.

Belichick on defensive tackle Malcom Brown: Malcolm Brown is an athletic guy in the inside part of the defense and we're excited to work with him.

Belichick also touches upon the status of third string quarterback Matt Flynn (he's close to a return). Listen to the audio below.