Offensive linemen on the Combine menu

Offensive linemen on the Combine menu
February 24, 2011, 3:01 pm
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By Tom E. Curran

INDIANAPOLIS - Setting the table for Thursday here at the NFL Combine: Neither Patriots coach Bill Belichick nor GM Nick Caserio are on the schedule to speak, but we've got Jets coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum at the podiums at 3:30 so they'll make up for it. Offensive linemen, tight ends, kickers, punters and long snappers are on the menu for the media today. The Patriots performed prospect interviews Wednesday night at the Crowne Plaza. The Patriots are absolutely exhaustive in their interview process, regardless if the players are in a position of minimal need. New England was going at it late Wednesday night. We'll concentrate on catching up with the offensive line prospects since the Pats are solid in those other spots. There will be a steady stream of GMs and coaches stepping to the podium today as well. We'll poke our heads in on the AFC East guys - Bills coach Chan Gailey at 10 a.m., Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland at 10:45 and the Ryan-Tannenbaum tandem later. Meanwhile, the NFL Competition Committee has been meeting since Tuesday here working out rules tweaks. Ray Anderson, the NFL's Vice President of Operations, says there's "nothing dramatic" in the offing for rules discussions. A tweaking of the "through the ground" rule to help clarify possession after a catch is one of the areas the committee is looking at. Any rules change recommendations will ultimately be voted on at the NFL Owner's Meetings next month in New Orleans. Follow us all day and we will update with player interviews and nuggets from team decision-makers.

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