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Patriots rookies quickly learning 'everything is earned'

Patriots rookies quickly learning 'everything is earned'
Published On: Tue, May 15
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (99) reacts after a play aNew England Patriots during the third quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a big deal. It just seemed odd.A 



WhenA the Patriots posted photos of their rookie minicamp online last week, the shots were pretty typical of this time of year. Players running through bag drills. Players catching footballs. Players blocking other players holding pads.A 



The jersey numbers, though, stood out. They were, you could say,A atypical.



Danny Etling, a quarterback drafted in the seventh round, wore No. 58. Sixth-round receiver Braxton Berrios, who measures in at 5-foot-9, 183 pounds, wore a number usually reserved for players about 50-60 pounds heavier: No. 55.A Duke Dawson (pictured above), the team's second-round corner, was in jersey No. 52.



"We all got it," Dawson said of the funky-number treatment. "Everything is earned. It's not given. You've got to come in and earn everything."



That wasn't the spoken message from the coaching staff, Dawson explained, but that was what he took from the jersey assignments.A 


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