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Eagles GM will scout Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o like any other player

Updated: January 22, 2013 10:08PM

Focused on a coaching search the last couple weeks, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is only vaguely familiar with the Manti Te’o hoax story.

And Roseman doesn’t understand it at all.

“To tell you that I have a great grasp of that situation, I don’t. I’ve seen how it’s been reported. That’s one thing we’ll get back together as a staff, and make sure we get all the information on anybody who has any sort of blip and make sure we get the right information,” Roseman said in Mobile today, after the afternoon Senior Bowl practice. “But at this point, I don’t know enough to comment on it.”

Asked if he is familiar with “catfishing,” Roseman jokingly said, “I got a house on the Gulf about an hour and a half away, and sometimes we go out and put our lines in the water and sometimes we get a catfish.

“That’s the only time I’ve heard of it before.”

The Notre Dame star linebacker is projected as a first-round pick. But Roseman said they’ll investigate the player as they would any other.

“I don’t think it changes. If there’s any blip on anybody’s radar, we’re going to try to investigate it and make sure we get as much information as possible,” he said. “And part of that is, our area scouts do a great job of finding that information on guys in their area, and it funnels its way up. And we’ll make sure whoever has that player, we’ll get as much information as we possibly can and make a good decision.”

Even then, though, a club can never be too sure.

“That’s the hardest part of this process, is just knowing, ‘Is this a bad kid? Is this a bad person? Is this just someone who was trying to have a good time and things got out of hand?’ To tell you that we have an accurate bead on that ever, it’s never going to happen,” Roseman said. “That’s why people hit 50-55 percent in the first round. You wish you had a better feel for it, and you got to go with your gut a lot of times. But to sit here and tell you I had all the answers, man, I wish I did.”

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