FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Both of New Englands second-round picks were present atGillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in cornerback Ras-I Dowling and runningback Shane Vereen.
The biggest thing that stood out while both playersseparately addressed the media, was Dowlings height. Hes listed as 6-foot-1,but comes off as being a little taller than that.
Both draftees also looked exhausted on Saturday.
I didnt really sleep last night, said Dowling. Trying toget here off of two hours of sleep right now. Cant stop smiling.
Both Dowling and Vereen said that they met with thePatriots coaches today, but because of the lockout, also said they werent able to talkfootball.
Just showing me around today, said Dowling.
Because of the situation that the NFLs in, we werent ableto talk football at all, said Vereen. So everything weve really been talkingabout is just who I am as a person, who I am, my family, his family, justgetting to know each other.
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