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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Tandon Doss

01.28.11 at 4:12 pm ET
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Tandon Doss

Position: Wide Receiver

School: Indiana

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 20o pounds

Achievements: First Team All-Big Ten (2009), First Team All-Big Ten (2010), Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2010)

What he brings: A possession receiver, Doss has terrific hands and runs routes well. Good size, but lacks the speed to be a serious deep threat. He was a productive kick returner at Indiana and could develop into a solid special teams player at the NFL level.

Where the Patriots could get him: Third or fourth round.

Notes: Doss led the Big Ten and finished fourth nationally with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game in 2010. His 5.7 catches per game ranked second in the Big Ten in 2010 and his 64.2 yards receiving per game finished eighth. Doss collected 1,016 yards on 41 kick returns for Indiana in 2010, a single-season school record and fourth all-time in conference history.

Video: Here’s a September 2010 interview with Doss.

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Peter King on D&H: Jay Cutler is not very well liked in the league

01.28.11 at 2:03 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL reporter Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the latest news around the league. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

The Titans’ decision to fire Jeff Fisher with one year left on his contract was a surprise to many, but King said it makes sense for owner Bud Adams if he did not plan to give Fisher an extension.

“If you look at the Tennessee Titans right now, they’re fated to have the kind of year ‘€” if there’s a normal NFL season in 2011 ‘€” that the Carolina Panthers have just gone through, if Fisher had stayed ‘€” lame duck coach, no starting quarterback, problems all over the roster as far as depth and ability go,” he said. “That’s a bad team right now. So, first of all, if you’re Bud Adams, why do you want Jeff Fisher to be a lame duck? Why can’t you start your rebuilding process right now? You look at it right now, it makes a lot of sense. But that assumes you can get a coach you really like. ‘€¦ I just think you’re better off trying to start anew when you know ‘€” or you’re almost positive ‘€” that Jeff Fisher is not returning in 2012. Why wait?”

One of the likely candidates for the Titans opening is Dom Capers, who is earning high praise for his work as Packers defensive coordinator, two seasons removed from his stint as Patriots assistant. King was asked why Capers spent a season in New England.

“I think Belichick has often times in his career, both with players and coaches, brought in people who may not necessarily be a great fit to their team,” King said. “And I talk about Randy Moss, maybe, as one of them. And Dom Capers is another. They may not fit exactly what they do. But Belichick is going to be a guy who’s going to want great players and great coaches around him.”

Asked for his Super Bowl prediction, King said: “I like Pittsburgh” by a score of 33-27. He also compared Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to Bill Belichick in the way they both command the respect of their team without raising their voice.

“He has that team ‘€” and I don’t want to say this in a nasty way ‘€” he’s got that team by the throat,” King said. “There’s no doubt out on that field who’s the boss, who runs it and who they’re all listening to. And he’s not one of these guys who screams a lot, at all. I remember watching the Patriots in that Super Bowl week with the Rams, and Bill Belichick in six hours ‘€” and I wrote this ‘€” never once raised his voice. And yet, when he was around, it was very, very clear that the man is here. The man’s in town. And it’s the same thing with Tomlin. He goes from person to person in practice, talking to everybody, laughing, just doing a few teaching moments on defense during a practice. And you can just tell that he’s got his finger on the pulse of his team, completely.”

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Jonathan Baldwin

01.28.11 at 11:40 am ET
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Jonathan Baldwin

Position: Wide Receiver

School: Pittsburgh

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 228 pounds

Achievements: First Team All-Big East (2009), Rivals Third Team All-American (2009), First Team All-Big East (2010)

What he brings: Size. At 6-foot-5, Baldwin is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He also has strength to match his size, consistently picking up yards after the catch. The former high school basketball star boasts a 40-inch vertical leap. An excellent blocking wideout, Baldwin isn’t afraid to go over the middle to make a play. He also has the speed necessary to be a legitimate threat in the deep passing game. Baldwin suffered a drop in production from 2009 to 2010, but that was largely due to a freshman quarterback taking over at Pittsburgh.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Daniel Thomas

01.28.11 at 10:41 am ET
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Daniel Thomas

Position: Running Back

School: Kansas State

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 228 pounds

Achievements: JUCO All-American (2008), Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (2009), First Team All-Big 12 (2009), Second Team All-Big 12 (2010)

What he brings: A classic between-the-tackles back with a solid frame, Thomas is a natural runner with enough speed to give defenses trouble when in open space. An average (at best ) pass catcher, Thomas doesn’t project as an every-down back at the NFL level. Thomas will also be 24 years old when the 2011 NFL season begins, which is two or three years older than the other top prospects at his position. Thomas also was used in the Wildcat formation, and completed a 41-yard pass against Oklahoma in 2009.

Where the Patriots could get him: Third round

Notes: Thomas ran for 2,850 yards in just two seasons at Kansas State, second on the school’s all-time rushing chart (Darren Sproles). He scored 19 touchdowns in 2010, including three in a Pinstripe Bowl loss to Syracuse. He led the Big 12 in regular season rushing yardage and yards per game in 2009.

Video: Here are some Thomas highlights from 2010:

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Adam Schefter on D&C: Jeff Fisher’s departure comes as a surprise

01.28.11 at 10:19 am ET
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Adam Schefter of ESPN made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the collective bargaining agreement and the Titans’ coaching situation, among other things. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On Thursday, Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin was asked about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations and seemed uninterested. The hosts asked Schefter if Austin reflected the majority of players.

‘€œI think everybody’€™s got a different agenda,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œI think right now if you’€™re Vincent Jackson, if you’€™re Logan Mankins, if you’€™re Peyton Manning, somebody whose contract is expiring and you’€™re set to become a free agent, you damn well care about these negotiations and where they’€™re going. Because you’€™re not getting paid until there’€™s a new deal.

‘€œMiles Austin had a contract extension last fall, a big contract extension with a lot of guaranteed money up front. So, in his own way, I understand where he’€™s coming from. ‘€˜You know what? Can’€™t control it. I’€™ve got my money. I got paid. Whatever it’€™ll be, it’€™ll be.’€™ ‘€

Schefter also talked about the coaching situation in Tennessee, where the Titans and Jeff Fisher agreed to part ways.

‘€œThis would not have been a surprise if it had happened on January 7,’€ Schefter said. ‘€œThe fact that it happened on January 27 was a big surprise. It was a big surprise because the Titans basically had said, ‘€˜OK, we’€™re bringing back Jeff Fisher. We’€™d like to have him back.’€™

‘€œBut the truth of the matter is there was an uneasy truce between the two sides, and Jeff Fisher was not going to sign a contract extension with Tennessee. Tennessee was not going to offer a contract extension. As somebody in the NFL told me last night, if something’€™s inevitable, you might as well make the move immediately. And that’€™s what happened. Both sides knew that eventually this was going to get to a divorce.’€

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League still plans on having franchise tag in place next month

01.28.11 at 1:08 am ET
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In a sitdown with a handful of reporters on Thursday afternoon, an NFL spokesman talked about the financial consequences of a possible lockout, and one of the things that came up was the fact that the league expects the franchise tag to still be in place for teams to use this year, beginning in February. With the looming labor uncertainty, there was some question as to whether or not the franchise tag would still be in place.

This should have an impact on the Patriots when it comes to sitting down at the bargaining table with free agent Logan Mankins. New England has commonly used the franchise tag on players while they continue to negotiate with them ‘€” they did it last year with Vince Wilfork, and also did it in the past with former kicker Adam Vinatieri ‘€” and could use it as they talk with Mankins about a new deal.

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Tom Brady checks in at No. 5 on BusinessWeek list of most powerful athletes

01.28.11 at 12:48 am ET
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BusinessWeek magazine has revealed their list of the 100 most powerful athletes in sports, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is No. 5, up from No. 30 last year. The magazine salutes Brady’s on-field talents, but gives a nod to his off-field business acumen as well.

They write: “Tom Brady signed a contract in September that earned him a spot as the highest-paid player in football, then had one of his best-ever regular seasons, with only four interceptions. Three Super Bowl rings and chiseled good looks make Brady a perfect pitchman for everything from Stetson hats to girly UGG boots. (It doesn’t hurt that he’s married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen.) We estimate that he pulled in a cool $20 million in endorsements.”

For what it’s worth, Brady’s most famous contemporary ‘€” Peyton Manning ‘€” tops the list.

For more on Brady’s spot, click here.

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