Rooks make good 1st impression
January 28, 2016 - Picnic Time
With a Patriots’ deteriorate strictly in a books, their 2015 breeze picks are rookies no more.
It was a prolific debate for a first-year players, as 6 of a Pats’ selections from final open — Malcom Brown, Jordan Richards, Geneo Grissom, Shaq Mason, Tre’ Jackson and Joe Cardona — dressed for during slightest 13 games.
Mason was a fourth-rounder, though a ensure saw a margin some-more than any of his peers in a postseason.
After a draft, experts wondered either he’d have a rough transition to life in a NFL. Mason came from a triple-option offense during Georgia Tech and occasionally was asked to pass-block. Suddenly carrying to be a guardian in Tom Brady’s pass-first offense would be no picnic.
However, Mason silenced skeptics with an considerable training stay and kept improving as a deteriorate wore on.
“Great,” he pronounced of his rookie experience. “I had a fun time. Great fans, good organization, good players. It’s unequivocally welcoming to have a organisation of guys, as distant as this whole team, come in, rookie year, everybody takes we underneath their wing and shows we a ropes. So it unequivocally was good this whole season.”
Coach Bill Belichick was asked about Mason final month and offering loquacious praise.
“He’s substantially one of a many jaunty players, one of a many jaunty descent linemen I’ve coached,” Belichick said.
While porous would be a kind approach to report a descent line’s play in Denver, Mason wasn’t as bad as his teammates. Brady was strike 23 times in a 20-18 AFC Championship Game loss. Only one of those was a error of a right guard.
According to Mason, particular opening is of small effect when a descent line struggles as a whole.
“We’re one unit,” Mason said. “We’ve got to be better. We’re unequivocally looking brazen to relocating on. (Sunday) was (Sunday), and I’m looking brazen to stability a tour with my brothers.”
Fellow mid-rounder Grissom didn’t find a margin as mostly as Mason, though that partly was since his position was one of a deepest on a team. At defensive end, Grissom was behind determined veterans Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard on a abyss chart.
Grissom was active for 14 regular-season games though was a healthy blemish in a playoffs. The third-round collect attempted to soak all adult from a vets.
“It was glorious only to be here and to watch these guys work and try to find my lane,” Grissom said. “It’s been an glorious experience. we couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Next up, these immature players face a new challenge: their initial NFL offseason.
Both Grissom and Mason vowed to keep improving physically, though Grissom’s many critical vouch will be taken divided from a group facility.
He’ll be holding a integrate days off for his marriage rite in March.
“That’s unequivocally exciting,” he said.