Belichick says McDaniels 'an asset'

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Belichick says McDaniels 'an asset'

Bill Belichick wouldn't tip his hand on how he plans to use Josh McDaniels' expertise against McDaniels' former team this Saturday or what McDaniels' role will be in 2012."I've enjoyed our conversations the last couple days," Belichick said on a Monday afternoon conference call. "We've got caught up on some things. As we move forward into the playoffs, I think he'll be a good asset to our team for the remainder of the season. We'll deal with next year, next year."McDaniels' hiring was made official Sunday night. His title is "offensive assistant." That he climbs aboard for the postseason when the Broncos - who McDaniels coached in 2009 and for 12 games in 2010 - are heading to Foxboro has bunched some panties. But it's all above board with the league. Whether McDaniels will be above field level and watching Saturday's game from the press box or down on the sidelines hasn't been established yet. "I think he can help us in a lot of different ways; not sure exactly how all that will pan out," Belichick said.Belichick said that McDaniels' relationship with outgoing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is "very, very good.""It's good to have Josh on the staff," said Belichick. "He's a person I've spent a lot of different time with, in a lot of different situations, and I have a lot of confidence in him," Belichick said. "He's smart, has great experience and background, and he knows our system."

Patriots select WR Lucien in seventh round

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Patriots select WR Lucien in seventh round

With their final pick of the draft, the Patriots select wide receiver Devin Lucie from Arizona State in the seventh round, 225th overall.

Lucien (6-2, 195 pounds) had a third-round grade from Pro Football Focus. He was top 20 in terms of yards per route run, with very good hands. He had Five drops in two years.

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Patriots select Houston LB Roberts in seventh round

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Patriots select Houston LB Roberts in seventh round

The Patriots select Elandon Roberts, a linebacker from Houston, in the seventh round with the 214th pick overall.

Roberts led the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) in solo tackles with 88 and had six sacks. 

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The Patriots select Illinois G Karras in seventh round

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The Patriots select Illinois G Karras in seventh round

The Patriots drafted Illinois guard Ted Karras in the seventh round with the 221st pick overall.

Karras is 6-3, 307. His great uncle is the late Alex Karras, a four-time Pro Bowler with the Detroit Lions who went on to an acting career. 

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