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Jordan Richards not yet working with Patriots at OTAs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie safety Jordan Richards, the team's second-round draft choice out of Stanford, is not with the club for organized team activities because of the NFL rule that prohibits players from joining teams until their school's academic calendar has concluded.

That puts Richards in a similar situation as New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Andrus Peat, his former Stanford teammate.

Richards can communicate with coaches, reviewing the segment of work that is covered each day.

While missing OTAs isn't ideal for Richards, one of his best assets is considered football intelligence. In fact, his Stanford teammates referred to him as "Coach Richards" because of his acumen in terms of knowing not just his own assignment, but every other player's assignment as well.

Patriots media schedule

Wednesday. Traditional photo with top draft pick Malcom Brown (10:30 a.m. ET)

Thursday. Media availability with third-round pick Geneo Grissom and fourth-rounders Trey Flowers, Tre Jackson and Shaq Mason (12:45 p.m. ET)

Friday. Media access to organized team activity (11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET)