Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 4/29/13

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24: Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots during warm up against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
BY NICK ST. DENISThe New England Patriots' roster is Rutgers-heavy, but coach Bill Belichick won't say it's by design. At least not completely.Thanks to their recent drafting three Rutgers players -- linebacker Steve Beauharnais and defensive backs Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon -- New England currently employs five Scarlet Knights.All five are defensive players, as fourth-year defensive back Devin McCourty and second-year defensive lineman Justin Francis also done the red, white and blue. (photo: Peter Roan, Flickr)"I think certainly it's coincidental to a degree," Belichick said Saturday, via Patriots.com. "But I just would say that the players – I mean, I've known Coach [Greg] Schiano for quite a while. I'd say the players he recruits and the program he runs is in a lot of ways similar to what we do."So the fact that he's recruited those kids four to five years ahead of when they come into this league and they've been in a program that's, in a lot of ways, probably similar to ours, ...
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