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Patriots rookie DE Deatrich Wise feeling comfortable in New England thanks to familiar faces

05.18.17 at 3:00 pm ET
Deatrich Wise was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Deatrich Wise was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Patriots fourth-round pick defensive end Deatrich Wise is in a good position with the Patriots.

Sometimes rookies might get nervous and overwhelmed by life in the NFL, but for Wise he has several people he’s close with on the team helping with the process, as well as playing in a similar system as he did in college.

Defensive end Trey Flowers, who broke out in 2016, was a mentor to Wise at Arkansas during the few years they overlapped, and undrafted rookie free agents Cody Hollister and Brooks Ellis both were Razorbacks as well.

“Very similar to the program here and the program in college. They both teach mental toughness,” Wise told reporters at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. “They both teach things that transfer over to the league – how to take care of your body, mental and physical toughness. They teach – the terminology is kind of the same. It’s how they run their whole program – from the top to the bottom, show everyone respect.

“I don’t care if it’s a CEO, a GM or a head coach or a janitor, cafeteria lady. Show everyone respect. That’s kind of what Arkansas taught me and that’s exactly what I’m learning here as well.”

Wise acknowledged he’s relying on Flowers like he did at Arkansas, but he’s careful not to take things too far.

“It’s been awesome. He’s a big mentor,” Wise said. “The advice he gives me is pretty much take one day at a time and don’t try to think ahead, just think in the now. He’s been helping me out here and there with the plays and what I have to do and it’s been great… I try to follow him a little bit. Try not to get too close to him, but try to follow him and see what he does and see how he works and do the same.”

Despite a few injuries last year as a senior, Wise finished with 49 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

Flowers obviously made the transition from Arkansas to the Patriots well, and Wise feels he can do the same.

“With the pro-style offense that Coach Bielema run, going against that for the last four-five years will prepare me for what I’ll see in the future going against other teams with pro-style offensives,” he said. “Since I have experience in that field, I believe I can carry on in the league and see how they run their formations, see what plays they run. I know it’s different teams, different levels, but still the same concept. Transferring over I believe it’ll be very beneficial for me.”

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