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LB Jon Bostic settles in with New England Patriots after trade

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ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton breaks down the role Jonathan Bostic will play in the Patriots defense. (0:57)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In workouts leading up to the 2013 NFL draft, newly acquired New England Patriots linebacker Jon Bostic recalled how Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio put him and his University of Florida teammates through a private workout.

"What I remember," Bostic said Tuesday, "is that they worked the mess out of us."

It also included film study in a classroom-type setting, with Belichick and Caserio reviewing how Florida’s defense evolved under coach Will Muschamp. Bostic said Tuesday that talking football with Belichick reminded him "a lot of Urban [Meyer], but a lot of Muschamp philosophy-wise, how he talks defensively; so it was kind of a little bit of a mix of what I had been used to."

The way it worked was that Belichick and Caserio attended Florida’s pro day -- when prospects worked out for all scouts -- and then stayed in Gainesville for an extra day for the private session. Bostic was joined by teammates Shariff Floyd, Lerentee McCray, Earl Okine, Jelani Jenkins, Matt Elam and Josh Evans.

"It was our last time kind of as a group, most of the defense, being together. We looked at it as having fun," he said.

Bostic, who was ultimately selected in the second round by the Bears (50th overall), obviously made an impression, because Belichick and Caserio traded a sixth-round pick to acquire him Monday.

"I knew they were a team that definitely likes Florida guys. You never knew, at some point of your career, whether it’s at the beginning or the middle or end, they could be interested," he said.

Bostic, who answered questions from Patriots reporters Tuesday, is naturally still getting acclimated to his new surroundings. On being traded from the Bears, he said, "it’s still all sinking in." He also talked about beginning the process of learning the Patriots’ philosophy on defense and special teams (he played all units at various points in Chicago) as he was scheduled for meetings with New England coaches Tuesday.

As for his health, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Bostic said he injured his ankle in the third preseason game with the Bears, but is "pretty much" back to where he wants to be. In the offseason, he said a reported back problem was a result of alignment issues from his feet as he’s flat-footed.

"We had to find out what was off and get it back in line," he said, noting that is no longer an issue.