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Belichick praises Schiano and his "NFL-ready" kids

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand (52), center

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand (52), center in wheelchair, comes onto the field with players, Steve Beauharnais (42), Beau Bachety (84), Scott Vallone (94), Khaseem Greene (20), and Devon Watkis (71) before an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Bill Belichick also was asked Thursday about buddy Greg Schiano’s reported hiring as Tampa Bay’s new head coach and the crop of Rutgers players he has on his team.

“We can’t compete with all the BC guys the Giants have,” the Patriots head coach joked.

New England has three former Scarlet Knights on its active roster -- CB Devin McCourty, DB Nate Jones and WR Tiquan Underwood -- plus DE Alex Silvestro on the practice squad.

And Belichick credited Schiano, who went 68-67 with six Bowl appearances in 11 years, for constantly churning out "NFL-ready" athletes. 

“He's done a great job at Rutgers," said Belichick, whose son Stephen plays lacrosse at Rutgers. "I think he’s a tremendous coach, he’s done a great job with that program and his players have been very NFL-ready. Guys that come out of that program, when they get to the NFL, I say most of them make it. …They have enough talent to really to compete in the NFL and most of them end up staying in one way or another. And that’s a credit to the preparation and the program that he’s built there.”

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