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Patriots | Team interested in Magro
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:42:49 -0700 J.J. Pesavento, of Next Level Scouting, reports the New England Patriots are interested in West Virginia LB Marc Magro.
This article best describes why the Pats would show interest (quite a throwback):
Perhaps it’s the limp in his walk stemming from his four knee surgeries. Or maybe it’s the gash in his nose from the daily beating from his helmet.
Regardless of what tipped you off, it’s clear Magro fits the bill of a nasty linebacker. And the fifth-year senior wouldn’t have it any other way.
“That is why you play the game - to be physical,” said Magro, who doesn’t mind being called a modern day gladiator. “That is the time you are allowed to hit people in the mouth and be aggressive. That is what it’s all about for me.”
“He’s as tough as they come,” said Casteel, who also oversees the linebackers. “We are talking about a guy who played on a torn ACL last year and never even missed a practice. I know NFL scouts will come in and ask me about him and I tell them that, and their jaws drop to the floor.”
Few can match the intensity Magro brings to work on a daily basis. That quality is one his teammates have yearned for themselves.
“He has dedicated himself to being the very best,” said fellow linebacker Bobby Hathaway. “He puts the extra time in the weight room, he watches a lot of film; he’s a leader to the younger guys. I don’t know how he brings that intensity and focus to work every day. The guy refuses to be out-worked.”
“He is a perfectionist,” said Casteel. “And perhaps even more important is he always wants to do his best whether anyone’s watching or not. He takes pride in everything he does.”
- Not invited to the Combine, but faired well at his Pro Day. Listed at 6-2 244, had a 37" vertical, 7.07 3-cone, 28 reps.
- Gridiron Gladiator Award from WVU coaches for on-field tenacity … received the 2006 Iron Mountaineer Award as the top performer in the winter workout program.
- Has been called an outstanding team leader, old-school player...plays with reckless abandon … loves to make plays in the backfield
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
- Bill Belichick -
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