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Patriots rookies still basking in glow of becoming pros

Offensive lineman Ted Karras played college football at Illinois.
Offensive lineman Ted Karras played college football at Illinois.AP

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been only a handful of days since the newest crop of Patriots signed their first professional contracts. As the eight offensive rookies stood on the warm Gillette Stadium turf Wednesday afternoon, meeting with the throngs of New England media in person for the first time, it showed.

They all moved to town last week for this past weekend’s rookie minicamp, and they live a few miles, mostly together, from their new office. As they learn about life as a pro — not to mention their way around Gillette — that wide-eyed, happy-to-be-here shine hasn’t yet worn off.

“To finally be here and doing it and looking around and seeing the Patriots logo everywhere, being in the stadium — it’s a really surreal feeling,” said Steven Scheu, an undrafted tight end out of Vanderbilt.


Most of the players spoke carefully about any given topic, and with reverence when it came to their coaches.

All they want to do is come here and work every day, you know.

“I’m trying to take in as much information as I can so I can help this team out any way I can,” said another tight end, Bryce Williams, from East Carolina. “We’re all together, trying to learn these plays as best we can, putting in the work.”

Added offensive guard Ted Karras: “I’m just excited to come to work for [offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia] every day and improve myself.”

Tim Healey can be reached at timothy.healey@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @timbhealey.