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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Patriots-based odds and ends

By Mike Reiss

A few Patriots-based odds and ends:

1. Jones draws notice: NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison puts together his all-under 25 team and there is one Patriot making the cut -- defensive end Chandler Jones. "When you think of young studs, this guy does not immediately come to mind. He should," Harrison writes. "How is this for a second season in the league: 11.5 sacks, 79 tackles and 34 combined knockdowns/hurries?"

2. Bruschi talks Michael Sam: ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi shares stories from the Patriots locker room and insight on Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in an interview on "The Herd." We particularly liked the story he told about players yelling "CIA!" in the locker room, which was code for "coach in area" and to button things up.

3. Dobson pacing himself in offseason: In a piece with his hometown Charleston Daily Mail, Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson explained that he's been taking time to rest his legs before starting his offseason workouts in the next couple of weeks. "I feel like I am in a great place and a great organization," Dobson says. "I feel like I couldn't be in a better place just the situation I am in, playing with one of the greatest quarterbacks that ever played the game."