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Bill Belichick on Donald Jones: 'He's a young, tough kid'

By Tim Graham

Donald Jones' versatility is what made him appealing to the New England Patriots.

The Buffalo Bills declined to bring back the wide receiver, and the Patriots signed him to a three-year contract last week.

"We felt like he would be able to be competitive on our football team at his position," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this morning at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. "He's played in the kicking game. He's had production on both the inside and the outside as a receiver.

"He's a young, tough kid. I feel like he has the opportunity to continue to improve."

Belichick also confirmed St. Francis High grad Brian Daboll will return to the Patriots' coaching staff.

Daboll was dismissed as Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator at the end of last season, when they hired head coach Andy Reid. The Patriots hired Daboll for their postseason run, but his 2013 status was unclear until today.

I suppose it's still unclear to a degree. Belichick was vague on what Daboll would oversee because no coordinators or assistants left the staff from last year.

"He'll have a number of responsibilities, and it may evolve once we get into the regular season and training camp," Belichick said of Daboll. "We'll see how that evolves. We've identified the things that we want him to do and that may be a continuing process."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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