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Pats DE Jones hopes to help new group of rookies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013

Running back Stevan Ridley was a rookie in 2011 after the Patriots chose him in the third round. He emerged as the team's top back last season when he rushed for 1,263 yards.

"Two years have gone by pretty fast for me. I can only imagine how excited they are," he said. "For the rookies that are coming in, they've got to come in and they've got to work. Like we say here, it's all done through hard work and dedication.

"I just advise them to go out there and be the players that they are and don't make it any harder than it is. Just do what you do best and what they brought you here to do."

For the third time in four years, New England spent two early picks on players at the same position. They selected tight ends Rob Gronkowski (42nd) and Aaron Hernandez (113th) in 2010, running backs Shane Vereen (56th) and Ridley (73rd) in 2011 and Dobson and Boyce this year.

Robert Kraft is hoping to see similar successful results.

"We had no picks in the first round, but in the first 102 picks in the draft, we had five, which is more than any other team," he said. "We felt that this was a deep draft in the second and third rounds, so we're excited about that."