Friday, February 24, 2012
Quick hits from combine, Day 2
By Mike Reiss
INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick hits from the second day of the NFL combine:
1. Patriots dipping toe into talks. The club is using this time, where many agents are in town for their annual NFL Players Association meeting, to touch base with agents for their players scheduled to hit the unrestricted free agent market. In some cases, there have been sit-down meetings. This highlights how the combine is about more than just the prospects for the Patriots; the team has a few different footballs in the air.
2. Dimitroff and Patriots ties. Former Patriots director of college scouting Thomas Dimitroff, set to enter his fifth season as Falcons general manager, was among those speaking with reporters today. He was asked about the story in Michael Holley's book, the "War Room", in which Bill Belichick advised him not to trade up for receiver Julio Jones in last year's draft. Dimitroff noted how much he respects Belichick's opinion, while pointing out that every organization approaches things a little differently.
3. Prospect interviews picking up. It's been a combine more heavily geared toward the pro side to this point, but we're starting to hear more names of prospects being announced for interviews in the media center (Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, for example, just arrived). I've been balancing time between the media center and the annual agents' meeting. More prospect info to come later in the day.