FOXBORO — The irony of the Patriots taking a player who has professional social media skills is rich.

One of the first lessons rookies in Foxboro are taught is to be responsible and meticulously careful about what they say and to whom they talk.

When you’re a star athlete on social media, the audience couldn’t be much bigger, or captivated.

Cyrus Jones is a versatile player. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Cyrus Jones is a versatile player. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The irony of the Patriots taking a player who has professional social media skills is rich.

One of the first lessons rookies in Foxboro are taught is to be responsible and meticulously careful about what they say and to whom they talk.

When you’re a star athlete on social media, the audience couldn’t be much bigger, or captivated.

So when Cyrus Jones was given the nickname “Clamp Clampington” for his shutdown corner skills at Alabama, that became a natural for him. Even Robert Kraft got in on the deal in introducing him Friday at Gillette Stadium.

But it’s not like Jones, having played for Nick Saban in college, is naive to the pitfalls of tweeting the wrong thing at the wrong time.

But what Jones made clear Friday is that he will have less time for social media and more time to take his craft to the next level to help the Patriots on the field.

“Social media is one of those things where you have to control and just discipline yourself to not pay too much attention to it. As you get older, people tend to stray away from social media and I’m already starting to, at least trying to, and just being more aware of what I put out there and knowing that I can’t respond to everything that somebody says,” Jones said.

“That’s definitely something that myself and fellow rookies just have to understand, that we have to be responsible in that aspect, that we’re not only representing ourselves but our families and this organization. It’s definitely something that you can get sucked in to and it can be a negative thing, but the best thing to do is try to monitor it and help use it for positivity.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
The sky is the limit for Cyrus Jones on the Patriots. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The sky is the limit for Cyrus Jones on the Patriots. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The career of Clamp Clampington is off to a perfect start in New England.

The cornerback also known as Cyrus Jones made his public debut Friday at Gillette Stadium, less than 24 hours after arriving in town.

He made his way to Foxboro for team meetings Friday morning and to be assigned his locker and his new No. 24. Then he made his wait out to the field he hopes to be starring on in a few months where his boss’ boss Robert Kraft introduced him by both his given name and the moniker his friend gave him.

Jones then made it clear he couldn’t be happier to be with the four-time Super Bowl champs.

“Unbelievable. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, honestly. It’s a dream come true. Being in the best program in the National Football League, best organization should I say,” said Jones, still transitioning from Alabama to the pros. “Great ownership, great coaching, great locker room. I’m excited.

“It’s been a whirlwind. Just hearing my name called. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and first picked up a football. And just to know my hard work paid off and to have Coach Belichick and Mr. Kraft see something in me to want to give me an opportunity to come make this football team better, it means the world to me.”

With Friday’s media obligations and photo shoots out of the way, he can focus on why the Patriots made him the 60th overall pick in this year’s draft.

“It’s just time to play football now. It’s time to come out here and win games,” he said. “There’s no more running around in tights and running 40s and stuff like that. It’s time to put on the pads and get after it. I can’t wait.”

What can he bring right away to New England as a rookie?

“I think I just bring a versatile playmaker, a competitor, a smart player and team-first guy always. I just want to do anything I can to help this team win games and get another Super Bowl,” he said.

“Football is everything to me. I eat, sleep and breathe it. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. My plan is just to come in here, be humble, work hard from Day 1 and earn the respect of the veterans in the locker room and earn the trust of my coaches. Get out there with any opportunities that I’m given and make the best of it to try to make this team better.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

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FOXBORO — Cyrus Jones broke into a wide smile when he was asked Friday about his new number.

Robert Kraft (left) and Jonathan Kraft (right) introduce Cyrus Jones Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Robert Kraft (left) and Jonathan Kraft (right) introduce Cyrus Jones Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Cyrus Jones broke into a wide smile when he was asked Friday about his new number.

During an introductory press conference in the north end zone of Gillette Stadium, owner Robert Kraft announced that Jones, the Patriots first pick in the 2016 draft, would be assigned the No. 24. Kraft and his son Jonathan were on the dais holding the traditional No. 1 jersey before confirming Jones would be the latest No. 24 on the Patriots roster.

That number, of course, has been worn by two of the greatest defensive backs in recent NFL history.

Ty Law made it one of the best sellers in the Patriots Pro Shop when he returned a Kurt Warner pass for a pick-6 in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Darrelle Revis continued that tradition 13 years later when he led the Patriots to a great defensive season, capped by a win in Super Bowl XLIX.

Now, it’s Jones’ chance. The rookie out of Alabama wore the No. 5 when he was with the Crimson Tide. Now, he gets the chance to make a name for himself with the great number.

“Definitely a lot of history. Guys like Ty Law, Darrelle Revis, great defensive backs and great players,” Jones said Friday. “Two of the greatest players to ever step foot in the National Football League. It’s definitely a legacy behind the number and I want to make my own legacy with the number.”

“I knew who Ty Law was before I came here. I watched him as a young kid, still trying to learn the game. I definitely remember watching him make a lot of plays on TV.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Many saw this coming, but Danny Amendola reportedly has restructured his deal with the Patriots.

According to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Amendola has restructured his contract to two years worth $7.35 million with $750,000 more in roster bonuses/catch incentives.

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Many saw this coming, but Danny Amendola reportedly has restructured his deal with the Patriots.

According to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo, Amendola has restructured his contract to two years worth $7.35 million with $750,000 more in roster bonuses/catch incentives.

“It’s an honor to play for this franchise and with this group of guys. We have one goal – to win another championship and that’s all we care about,” Amendola said in a statement to Garafolo.

Before the restructure, Amendola was set to have a base salary of $5 million in 2016 and $6 million in 2017. He will be with New England for at least the next two seasons.

In three years with the Patriots, the receiver has caught 146 passes for 1,481 yards and six touchdowns.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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With the Patriots now having variable pricing for their home games, they have unveiled which games get which distinction for the upcoming season.

Only one game is considered “elite” — the Nov. 13 Sunday night game against the Seahawks, which means it will be the most expensive game of the season.

Below elite is “marquee” and those games include the Bengals on Oct. 16 and the Dolphins on Sept. 18. The Bengals game could be Tom Brady’s first home game if his four-game suspension stands and the Dolphins game is the home opener.

The “premiere” category has the Texans (Sept. 22), Bills (Oct. 2), Rams (Dec. 4), Ravens (Dec. 12) and Jets (Dec. 24). Finally, the cheapest games are obviously the two preseason games.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Patriots special teams situation might get a little more interesting.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and when he was discussing the pending commitment of Baltimore draftee Keenan Reynolds, he dropped this nugget regarding the future of Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.