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February 25, 2007
Bits and pieces from a day at the NFL Combine:
It flew a bit under the radar, but Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was courted by Michigan State to fill their head coaching vacancy. Michigan State ended up hiring Mark Dantonio in late November, and word at the NFL Combine was that Pees told the Spartans he was not interested in leaving the Patriots.
Sabby Piscitelli, a strong safety from Oregon State, said he met with Patriots officials.
Fresno State cornerback Marcus McCauley on his former teammate, Patriots safety James Sanders: “You can never count James Sanders out, so I’m not surprised that he turned the corner. Everything he does, on the field to the weight room, is with passion. He never backs down from anybody.”
LSU safety LaRon Landry, who spent his initial years in college under coach Nick Saban, would seemingly be a fit for the Patriots because he has experience at both safety spots.
South Carolina cornerback Fred Bennett (6-0, 196) said he had an interview with the Patriots at the Combine.
Washington State receiver Jason Hill was one of the surprises among his position group, running the 40 in the 4.3s to seemingly help his draft stock.
At running back, Arizona’s Chris Henry clocked in the 4.3s to put him in the rising category at his position.
Lions head coach Rod Marinelli on former Patriots receiver Shawn Jefferson serving as Lions assistant receivers coach: “I had a chance to meet him a year ago and retained him from the other staff. I think there is a bundle of energy and a bundle of ambition on how to do things. I’ve just been really impressed with his relationship with the players. He’s working extremely hard with [offensive coordinator Mike] Martz, and understanding this offense. The transition from a player to a teacher is unique at times. It’s just not going in and telling a guy what to do. It’s about presenting material on the board and communicating, and all those things. He’s really ambitious about those things and working really hard, starting from the ground up. His work ethic is tremendous.”
Marinelli on former Patriot Damien Woody: “At the moment, he’s just trying to get his weight right. I’m hoping he gets himself in tremendous shape, which I expect him to do.”
COMBINE WRAP: The Combine continues on Monday and into Tuesday, although the official media access for the "event" ends Sunday night.
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