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.”