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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona drafted by Patriots in fifth round
Navy long snapper Joe Cardona drafted by Patriots in fifth round

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round. Cardona had worked out privately for the Patriots and visited the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a dinner meeting with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, an Annapolis native, in Maryland. "The Patriots lived up to their word," agent Don Henderson told The Baltimore Sun. "They told Joe they would take him and they did. When the Patriots tell a kid that, they mean it." Cardona also drew strong interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings. Cardona's snaps have been clocked at 41 mph, reaching the punter's hands in less than a...

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