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New England Patriots links 5/13/16 - Defensive rookies introduced, know they have much to learn

Daily news and links for 5/13/16

Jonathan Jones robs a flying receiver of a catch
Jonathan Jones robs a flying receiver of a catch
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  • Doug Kyed notes Jonathan Jones knows the best way to carve out a role as an undrafted free agent is special teams, and he's hoping his blazing speed helps him win a spot.
  • Chris Mason relays some interesting tidbits on CB Jonathan Jones, who had the fastest CB 40-time at the Combine, but went undrafted.
  • Karen Guregian thinks if Vincent Valentine is committed enough, he could be great.
  • Mike Reiss notes third-round draft pick Vincent Valentine's size stands out as he met the media and answered his critics.
  • Kevin Duffy talks with Vincent Valentine, one of the most intriguing rookies in the Patriots' 2016 draft class.
  • Doug Kyed suggests there might be more pressure on Malcolm Butler than on the Patriots' current crop of undrafted cornerbacks.
  • Mike Petraglia hears from rookie LB C.J. Johnson: 'We've just got to continue to get better every day, continue to help each other."
  • Phil Perry explains why Kamu Grugier-Hill is an interesting fit for the Patriots in a league where defenses are getting smaller and smaller.
  • Christopher Price notes Bill Belichick calls rookie LB Elandon Roberts 'a very instinctive player.'
  • Jeff Howe writes about the friendship and bond between Patriots rookie V'Angelo Bentley and 10-year-old Colby Crowley. /Good read.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Chris Long, another Patriots redemption project on defense.
  • Mike Reiss notes Willie McGinest drew upon his own experiences in New England in determining which LB group is the best in the league right now.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots linebackers rated #4 ... with a bullet.
  • Phil Perry isn't surprised to find Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski among the top players from 2015 chosen by Pro Football Focus.
  • Mike Reiss finds the Patriots called an audible and took Jerod Mayo's No. 51 out of circulation.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: CB Cyrus Jones 'a good football player'; Jerod Mayo's No. 51 wasn't available for rookies; More.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Jimmy Garoppolo won't let Jacoby Brissett rise the depth chart.
  • Jeff Kane (ESPNNH) Julian Edelman has second foot surgery, Rob Gronkowski is on the Madden cover and other Patriots thoughts.
  • Jerry Thornton is all afire over Rob Gronkowski on the cover of GQ.