Ellis glad to get back to work


Ellis glad to get back to work

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

FOXBORO -- Shaun Ellis was fresh off the physically unable to perform list Saturday. The 34-year old end, looking to start his 12th season, mostly played spectator to the Patriots walkthrough until joining in the final jog. The appearance was his first since he signing with the team August 7.

It seemed, more than anything, the D-liner was just happy to get back to business.

On his return:
It felt good, being on the field, around teammates, moving around a little bit, he said.

On what he's done in the meantime:
"Lighting weights, running, extra conditioning. Just trying to get caught up to speed with these guys. They've been running a lot so I'm just trying to get caught up with them and get ready for the season."

His impressions from watching the Patriots:
"It's been great. It makes me want to be a part of it that much more. We have a lot of guys who can stop the run and also get after the quarterback -- a lot of talent. I'm just eager to be a part of it and go out and contribute the best way I can."

On the team's depth at defensive line:
I think thats the key to the season; being fresh late in the year, when it gets playoff time. Rotating is definitely going to take the pressure off a lot of guys and keep us fresh throughout.

On joining former Jets teammate James Ihedigbo:
"It was good. He did a lot of great things for the Jets; I'm glad to have him on our side. He's a tremendous player, players really hard. And he's smart, too. That's a plus."

On transitioning from Jets to Patriots:
No surprises. Ive kind of been through it a little bit. I was born into this family, with Bill Parcells, being drafted by him, and going through that period my rookie year and going through it with Eric Mangini there. Im glad to get back to the swing of things.

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Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo still has faith in New England Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

The cornerback, who was the Patriots' top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, struggled mightily in his rookie season. He fumbled his way out of a role on special teams, where he served as a returner.

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He then failed to perform at nickel cornerback, and the Patriots traded for Eric Rowe, who pushed Jones down the depth chart and often onto the inactives on game day. Jones' emotional outburst during Week 5 when he got ejected for punching Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins didn't help.

Despite all that, Mayo thinks Jones will turn things around.

"I think Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year," Mayo said in the latest edition of "The Ex Pats" podcast. "I want people to remember a rookie [Matthew] Slater. A rookie Matt Slater was terrible. He would sit here on this podcast and tell you he's terrible, and I think Cyrus Jones is more athletic than Matthew Slater. I think -- I know for a fact, because I've seen it time and time again, the biggest leap not only in athleticsm but also in confidence is from year one to year two."

Jones admitted to the Baltimore Sun that his rookie was "hell." He added he felt "embarrassed." The 23-year-old cornerback said he didn't feel like he was a part of New England's Super Bowl LI win.

“Failure is another opportunity to begin again more intelligently,” Jones wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post.

Mayo seems to think Jones has learned his lesson, and will rebound with the help of Bill Belichick. And the Patriots may need Butler to be the most-improved player. Malcolm Butler's future with New England has become uncertain, and the remaining top cornerbacks are over 6-feet.

The Patriots need a slot corner. Jones is the next man up.

"As much as the media has kind of battered this young kid, Bill's going to boost him up this entire offseason," Mayo said. "Bill -- he's the best at putting lowlights up after a game . . . But during the offseason, he kind of -- it's individualized coach. He knows this guy's confidence is in the toilet. He's going to boost him up as much as possible.

"You know [Jones] can play football. He played in the SEC. He played on the top team on the country, and was a standout performer. So this is a confidence issue. This entire thing is a confidence issue, and I think they fix that."