FOXBOROUGH — This is the beginning for the 2013 rookie class. And right now, it’s all about baby steps.
The Patriots, opening rookie minicamp Friday, are hosting 28 rookies and first-year players under contract, as well as a handful of others who are working out for the team as part of rookie minicamp. That group includes Canadian Football League signees Armond Armstead and Jason Vega, who have been at Gillette Stadium the past two weeks.
But before the team implements the full breadth of its playbook, it will address the logistics of players moving to New England and becoming professional athletes.
“Obviously, we have a lot of information to give them in every area of football and all of the transitioning it takes to become a professional athlete and, in most cases, for guys moving to this part of the country,” said coach Bill Belichick.
“We have a lot of ground to cover, but I think it’s a group that seems attentive and eager.”
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