Cyrus Jones said he's confident every time he takes the field. (WEEI.com)

Cyrus Jones said he’s confident every time he takes the field. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Over the past few years, Patriots first-round picks have been able to make impacts in their first seasons in the league, most notably Malcom Brown and Dont’a Hightower.

This year it could be Cyrus Jones, as the cornerback has seen extensive time lining up inside Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler as the slot cornerback and also plenty of reps returning punts over the first two days of training camp.

Jones, an Alabama product, is confident he can contribute.

“I have ultimate confidence every time I step on the field,” Jones said. “Just the way the coaches prepare us and just being a competitor. It helps to have that confidence. The more prepared you are the more equipped you are to go out there and do your job at a high level. I’m definitely confident every time I step on the field.”

The Patriots struggled to find a No. 3 cornerback last season to play along with Ryan and Butler. Taking Jones in the first round is a sign the Patriots feel he could be that guy and potentially a top cornerback in a year or two.

“I feel pretty comfortable [in the slot],” Jones said. “I think I am comfortable everywhere I am on the football field. I just go out there and play my assignment, be in the right spot and make plays.”

With Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman as the primary punt returners in year’s past, the Patriots could go with Jones this year to take some of the pressure off the receivers, who have taken some big hits over the years.

“I’m really comfortable back there,” Jones said. “I did it in college, so just like all the other things, trying to come out here, listen to the coaching points and just be consistent. Not drop any balls, have secure ball-handling and use my skills when I get the ball in my hands.”

Jones praised all the veterans for helping him in his first training camp and he’s just looking to get better every day.

“Just have to come in with the mindset of learn as much as you can, especially in the film room and try and come out here and apply the best you can on the field,” he said. “String good days together and continue to progress through camp and into the season.”

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Ryan Hannable
Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — After an apparently excused absence that managed to get him out of first day of training camp, linebacker Jamie Collins was back on the field with the rest of his teammates on Friday.

Collins talked with the media following Friday’s workout, and said that while he understands why his absence was perceived as a big deal, he wasn’t going to offer any information as to why he wasn’t at practice with the rest of his teammates.

“That’s my business,” he said.

The linebacker is one of a handful of potential free agents who will be up for a new deal prior to the start of the 2017 season, a group that includes Dont’a Hightower and Jabaal Sheard. Reportedly, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about a new deal for Collins yet when it comes to him re-upping in New England. On Friday, he didn’t sound like a guy in a rush to get a new contract completed.

“I’m just handling business, man,” Collins said. “That’ll take care of itself.”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of linebacker Jamie Collins to the practice field Friday on Day 2 of Pariots training camp and what it means for the Patriots defense going forward. New tight end Martellus Bennett also made headlines with a couple of colorful quotes comparing working with Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady with his past dating experiences and Brady’s competitiveness.

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Jacoby Brissett praised Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday. (WEEI.com)

Jacoby Brissett praised Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Even though Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo have plenty of other things to worry about, they’ve made sure to make sure rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett is up to speed for his first NFL training camp.

While at times over the first two training camp sessions Brissett has looked like a rookie, there have been other times where he’s looked like he’s been in the league a few years.

The rookie out of NC State praised Brady and Garoppolo after practice on Friday.

“A lot,” he said when asked how much they’ve helped him. “They’ve been through this so they’ve been a great asset to have. Our room has been great.”

Added Brissett: “It’s great. We’ve got a great group and we just all help each other and try and get better each day.”

Despite almost being 39 years old, Brady has taken the time to give some advice to the rookie.

“[To take it] one day at a time,” Brissett said of the advice he’s received from Brady. “[I’m] just watching him and Jimmy operate, and seeing how they operate faster and [I’m] trying to get up to their speed.”

Brissett knows he has a long way to go, especially being behind Brady and Garoppolo on the depth chart, but he’s willing to put the work in.

“It’s learning every day,” Brissett said. “I won’t stop learning, that’s for sure.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — When it comes to developing chemistry with two different — and new — quarterbacks at the same time, Martellus Bennett doesn’t see an issue.

“I’ve dated two girls at the same time before,” the tight end said with a smile shortly after Friday morning practice.

Martellus Bennett meets the media. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett meets the media. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — When it comes to developing chemistry with two different — and new — quarterbacks at the same time, Martellus Bennett doesn’t see an issue.

“I’ve dated two girls at the same time before,” the tight end said with a smile shortly after Friday morning practice.

There are only two training camp workouts in the books, and the pads have yet to go on, but it’s been hard not to notice Bennett’s impact, regardless of who is throwing him the ball. He had a dynamite catch the back of the end zone over Patrick Chung on a pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in 7-on-7 work on Friday, and has showed a nice chemistry with Tom Brady in all phases of work, including their side sessions that also feature Rob Gronkowski.

“Football is just fun. Anytime you get to play is exciting. I ended up on IR, in like, November, so I really haven’t had that much football for a long time,” he said. “It’s like when you break up and finally get back with the girl that you love in the first place. It’s been great to be back out there.”

He said Friday that working with Garoppolo has been “cool,” but it sounds like he’s been blown away by his experience with Brady.

“He’s been competitive even when we’ve been working out,” he said. “He plays at such a high level that you have to match that level. Oil and vinegar don’t mix. You just have to make sure that you rise to the top when he rises to the top as well.”

He also reminds some of his new teammates just how lucky they are.

“I just tell them every day, ‘Man, you guys are lucky. You guys have been playing with Tom Brady forever.’”

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — While wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola haven’t participated yet in the first of two Patriots training camp sessions as they both are on PUP, it would appear they are making strides towards joining the rest of the team.

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

FOXBORO — While wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola haven’t participated yet in the first of two Patriots training camp sessions as they both are on PUP, it would appear they are making strides towards joining the rest of the team.

Edelman had offseason foot surgery after missing significant time last year with a broken foot, while Amendola had minor offseason surgeries on his knee and ankle.

The two were on the field for the second straight day, but didn’t participate in any drills. At the beginning of Friday’s session the two threw passes back and forth with one another for a good portion of time and then during practice ran hills together for about five minutes.

This is promising news for both of them as if they weren’t close to be returning, they wouldn’t be doing what they did Friday.

It’s especially encouraging for Edelman, as some timelines made it sound like his Week 1 availability was up in the air.

Saturday the team will practice in pads for the first time and while it’s highly unlikely the two wide outs return then, their returns could be coming sooner rather than later.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots had their second practice of training camp on Friday morning during a break in the rain on the backfields of Gillette Stadium.