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Connection as roommates helps Patriots rookies

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When their work at the New England Patriots' facility is completed, rookie offensive linemen Tre' Jackson and Shaq Mason will often return home and quiz each other on certain things. The same is true for Patriots rookie defensive ends Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers.

The two sets of roommates aren’t just bonding on the field, but off the field as well.

“We do study together,” said Grissom, the third-round pick out of Oklahoma. “It’s all a process. We all have to work together to get better every day. If I have a question, I know I can go to Trey and ask it, and he knows it’s the same with me.”

Grissom and Flowers (who attended Arkansas) didn’t know each other before becoming teammates with the Patriots. Meanwhile, Jackson (Florida State) and Mason (Georgia Tech) had met prior to joining forces in New England.

“He’s a great teammate, a great resource for me,” Jackson said of Mason, the fellow fourth-round pick. “We’re in the learning process right now so we’re both into it all the time. We could be walking around anywhere and I’ll be like ‘Shaq, what’s this?’ Just quizzing each other.”

The on-the-field/off-the-field connections with Grissom/Flowers and Jackson/Mason highlight what the last few weeks have been like for most Patriots rookies, as they attempt to make up ground on players who have already been with the club.

All four were officially introduced to reporters on Thursday, and their connection as roommates was one of the biggest takeaways.