New England Patriots' Chandler Jones eager to impress coaches

New England Patriots' Chandler Jones took the field with no idea what to expect from his first day of rookie minicamp Friday.

All he knew was that the Patriots wanted him here. So much so that they traded up to select the former Syracuse defensive end at No. 21 overall last month.

So, no better time than the present to start showing they made the right decision, right?

"I'm just going in there blind," Jones said, as he donned his new No. 95 shorts and a grey Patriots t-shirt. "Just taking it one day at a time."

Jones is among 19 other minicamp invitees eager to be seen this weekend, as the 2012 roster begins to take shape at Foxborough.

"A lot of people tell me I only get the opportunity to make one first impression. This week is my opportunity to make a first impression," Jones said. "What I'm trying to do is learn this playbook and impress the coaches."

Jones' high school coach said the defensive end is gunning for "15 sacks" and the "Defensive Rookie of the Year" distinction -- which would help impress his coaches.

How the staff views him in the early going is important to Jones, but the education element is an even bigger factor during this first weekend.

"The key is to learn all the dos and don'ts. Be a sponge," he said. "Know your role and earn respect from everyone. It's just the different trends and learning different ways, and getting in with the guys and build trust with them."

The players went through some stretching and agility drills before breaking off into positional groups. The players were unable to participate in contact drills, due to offseason NFL restrictions.

The Patriots' other six drafts picks were also in attendance, including the team's other first-round selection, linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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