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Bill Belichick Press Conference Transcript
Q: Did you look at Nate Ebner's rugby tape at all?
BB: No, I personally didn't. He's a heck of an athlete and tough. I don't think there's any question about that. You can see that on his football tape too.
Q: What's the roster stand at before starting with the undrafted free agent signings – 80 or 81?
BB: Yeah, we're in that range there – whatever it is we'll be in compliance with the league rules on that. Again, obviously there's some roster juggling going on. We'll see exactly how that turns out. We're right around that number.
Q: Why were you so comfortable taking Alfonzo Dennard?
BB: Just for the reasons I said. We researched it and in the end we felt comfortable at that position.
Q: Did the incident Alfonzo Dennard was involved in alter your decision over the last week?
BB: Nothing altered it. We researched it. There's really nothing else I can say about it. There's obviously some other things that are currently out there from a legal standpoint that I can't comment on.
Q: You said you got into Ebert late. How does that happen late – what makes that?
BB: Well it's just a lot of guys to go through. Sometimes it works out that way. It's not the first time it's come up. It's not that we didn't know about him but as far as the workout and spending time with him and all that. Sometimes with all the people you go through and all the people and all the visits you have in the spring, you just can't get to everywhere and I don't know, we just followed back up on it and we felt good about him.
Q: There was a similar situation last year with Ryan Mallett where his value to you guys was obvious to you. Was it the same situation with Alfonzo Dennard today?
BB: Yes. Marcus [Cannon] last year was similar.
Q: Was Alfonzo Dennard a consideration earlier?
BB: We consider different people at different points in every round, every pick. We talk about our options there.
Q: When something like that happens, do you actually move a player or do you leave the player where he was rated and discuss it when you get to it?
BB: It works the same with every player. You get the information that you have. If you get new information, you add to it and when it comes time to make decisions, you talk about all the information you have and put it all together and figure out what you feel like your best option is and what the best value is for your team.
Q: What does Alfonzo Dennard do really well?
BB: He's strong. He's a physical player. Obviously he played at a high level of competition, particularly in the 2010 season where they played so much in the passing conference – a lot of spread out offenses, a lot of nickel, dime coverage and that type of thing. Then this year, when Nebraska went to the Big Ten, they saw really a whole different schedule, a whole different style of offensive football from those teams that they played so it was interesting to watch all that. I think you can really see him play against – or anybody from Nebraska for that matter, whether it was Lavonte David or Alfonzo, whoever it is – see them play against – two different years, really two different style of offense. He's gone up against a lot of good players and competed well.
Q: You placed Matt Light on the reserved/retired list. Is that to free up salary cap room for the rookies? What's the timing on that?
BB: The timing on it is when it was done. It really affects the roster spots; it's not really a salary cap thing.
Q: It seems like you have versatility all over the defense now after the draft and free agency. Do you think you'll be able to do a lot of different things this year with that versatility all over the defense?
BB: That's a great question. We'll see. Until we actually get out there and start doing it, we'll see how much versatility we actually do have. I do think that with some of the players we've added on the defensive side of the ball, guys have different skills and maybe they will be able to do some different things for us. It's hard to say exactly what that will be until you actually get them doing it and putting it all together to see how effective we are individually and collectively as a team doing different things, changing things up and how versatile the players are. But on paper, I think there're some possibilities for that. We'll see how it actually goes, what we're actually able to do with it. It will be interesting to see how it goes with some of those players.