FOXBOROUGH – Four more Patriots draft picks met with the media on Thursday, one day after first-round selection Malcom Brown was introduced. Offensive linemen Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason, and defensive linemen Trey Flowers and Geneo Grissom pretty much sang the same tune during the interview session, no matter the question.
In fact, instead of being separated on the game field inside Gillette Stadium, they could have come together and busted out a tune, like a barbershop quartet:
“We’re all here to do our job / We’re just trying to get better”
The four rookies have been participating this week in the Patriots’ initial organized team activities workouts, which allow for 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, but don’t permit any contact. Jackson and Mason are beginning life as professional football players somewhat together: They’ve been assigned as roommates, practicing together and attending meetings during the day, then quizzing each other at night.
“I ask him some, he asks me some. [It] makes each other better,” said Jackson, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State. “It’s competitive. We get in the playbook, it can go for a long time.”
Jackson was a guard for the Seminoles, and will be reunited with Patriots center Bryan Stork, who just completed his rookie season after also playing at Florida State. Mason was a center at Georgia Tech, and was also taken by the Patriots in the fourth round, 20 spots behind Jackson.
Joining a team that won Super Bowl XLIX four months ago, Mason was asked how often he’s heard veteran Patriots mention or reference the title.
“None at all,” Mason said. “I have not heard one talk about Super Bowls since I’ve been here. All the guys are just focused on this season.”