- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sharing some Patriots thoughts:
1. Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones made the rounds on “Radio Row” at the Super Bowl on Wednesday, and one thing stood out from watching this and listening to this: That was a more relaxed, engaging Jones than reporters saw on a weekly basis in the locker room. Jones is one of the more personable rookies to join the team in Bill Belichick’s tenure as coach (2000-present), but he seemed to hold back for long stretches of 2012. I think it ties to the idea that Belichick would prefer his rookies not be on the front lines. When you’re out of the locker room, and the season’s over, the dynamic changes a bit. Jones, on the Felger & Mazz program on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said he’s focused on improving his upper-body strength this offseason because he feels his body is "disproportional." He'll also do some mixed martial arts training with his brother in New Mexico. From a big-picture standpoint, Jones talked about taking the Jerod Mayo approach in terms of living five minutes from the stadium.
2. Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, a veteran on the Patriots beat, generated discussion today with his story on Marshall Faulk’s thoughts on feeling cheated out of a Super Bowl victory. The biggest takeaway from here: Faulk comes across poorly. Time to move on.
3. When asked by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Ravens safety Ed Reed said that he could envision himself playing for Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Reed, of course, is a free agent after the season. A few dominoes would have to fall into place before it gets to that point – the Ravens not re-signing him, the Patriots coming up with the right contract offer – and if they ever did, it could be a Rodney Harrison-type situation circa 2003. I still think the best long-term answer at safety would come in the draft, as noted in this week’s mailbag, but a player like Reed could be exactly what the Patriots’ defense needs in the short-term.