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Paul's Calls: Sanders impresses Smith

Earlier in the week we heard from a head coach about a former Patriots safety and it wasn't real positive. This morning was a different story.

Rob Ninkovich.
Rob Ninkovich.

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier in the week we heard from a head coach about a former Patriots safety and it wasn't real positive. This morning was a different story.

Unlike Chicago's Lovie Smith, who said things didn't work out between the Bears and Brandon Meriweather, Atlanta's Mike Smith was asked about former Patriot James Sanders and had nothing but good things to say.

"James is one of the 17 free agents that we have and he was a very good addition, a solid addition for our secondary with his experience, even though he's a young player," Smith said. "We got him late, he was a guy who joined our football team right before the season started, so there was an acclimation period but when he got the opportunity to play, he played well. He was a stabilizing factor in our secondary. I really like his makeup, his skill set as a guy that can play strong and free safety."

If nothing else, Team PFW – especially Andy Hart – is very happy to hear that one of the all-time good guys made a solid impression on his new team.

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