Caserio tight-lipped on Fletcher, Waters


Caserio tight-lipped on Fletcher, Waters

FOXBORO -- Director of player personnel Nick Caserio was a fine choice for Monday's pre-practice press conference. New England made two roster moves Sunday evening -- releasing receiver Britt Davis and waiving linebacker Dane Fletcher -- and, in theory, had to address them.
Caserio responded... in his way.
Here's what came out of the media meet.
What's the procedural difference between releasing a player during training camp and waiving him?
NC: "It's the same. Any time that you remove a player from your roster, you designate him X amount of ways. Theres certain ways you can designate that player so we take all the information like we normally do and then we release the player and then we just move on."
It's the same to the team unloading the player, anyway. Either way, that guy is gone. But for the team that wants to pick up a released player, it becomes a bidding war. A waived player, however, will go to whatever team with the highest spot in the waiver order that puts a bid on him.
Is it accurate to say a player with less than four accrued seasons would count against the 90-man roster if he was placed directly on Injured Reserve?NC: "Look, we make decisions every day on the roster. If there are any rules questions, I would direct those to the league and their interpretation."
Though Caserio wouldn't say one way or another, the reporter's understanding is accurate.
Moving on.
What did you see in Steve Gregory when you guys brought him in and were deciding whether to sign him?
NC: "He had played a little bit of corner in college. Maybe a little bit undersized just from a height, weight, speed standpoint for the safety position; 190 pounds, but was real fast, aggressive, very instinctive player, matched up well. They played him a little bit at their money position or in some of their dime packages, played him close to the line of scrimmage.
"Hes a versatile player; he was able to do a number of different things in San Diegos defense. I think some of the things that were doing are a little bit different, just systematically but hes indoctrinated myself into our system well."
After last night, you have tape on all 31 other teams so far in the preseason. What is your methodology behind analyzing it?NC: "Well have certain people that follow specific teams and will be responsible for evaluating and writing those players. Then what well do is well meet as a staff and go through one scouts evaluation and then well have somebody else watch that player so we can kind of get more than one evaluation. I try to watch each game: I try to go through both sides of the ball and watch the kicking game as well, just to try to get a bigger picture view on things.
"You try to do the best you can between practice, practice tape and watching the preseason games. The good thing is the next set of games isnt played until this weekend so it gives you a certain amount of time to work through it."
After making it painfully clear he had no update on Brian Waters, who has yet to report, Caserio shut things down even further.
Internally, do you have an idea of where its going and you just dont care to share that?NC: "Really, everything is day-to-day. Well take today, deal with today and then whatever happens tomorrow, well take that as it comes."
Odds and ends
Caserio refuted reports that the Patriots will work out Chad Clifton.
He said there's nothing new in regards to Andre Carter.
Regarding Nate Ebner, who joined camp action August 4, Caserio said getting the rookie up to speed is a "process," but Ebner is smart and is learning.
On Tavon Wilson: "Could he play corner? Maybe, but right now hes worked at safety."

Brady Facebook post offers chance to hang with TB12, Damon and Affleck


Brady Facebook post offers chance to hang with TB12, Damon and Affleck

Pizza and beer with Tom, Ben, Matt and you?

In Tom Brady’s latest Facebook post, three of Boston’s biggest celebrities are teaming up in a contest that gives a lucky fan a chance to hang out, drink and chow down with the Patriots quarterback and his buddies, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Here’s the video, in which, among other things, the movie stars argue who Brady likes more.

For the record, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (listed in no particular order) do NOT pay me to be their friend.... 😶 All jokes aside, we'd really love for you to hang with us in Boston (flights and hotel are on us)! Donate to a great cause and get a chance to share some beer and pizza with us:

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fans have to make a donation that benefits Brady’s TB12 Foundation, the Eastern Congo Initiative and The more money you donate the better your chances are of winning.




Rex Ryan’s erratic act is his lone consistency

Rex Ryan’s erratic act is his lone consistency

With the Bills 0-2 and sinking slowly in a morass of dysfunction last week, Rex Ryan was anything but his corny, wise-cracking, false-bravado-bringing self. He was subdued before the Bills took on the Cardinals.

Now, with the Bills having spanked Arizona and the Patriots up next, Rex is back at it with the erratic, putting forth an eyebrow-raisingly bad Bill Belichick impersonation to start the week then parachuting into a conference call with Julian Edelman posing as a Buffalo News reporter.

He’s the guy at the house party knocking over the chips and drinks at 9 p.m. and wondering where the motherscratching karaoke machine is because he wants to SING!!

Asked to account for the behavior change from last week to this, Rex’ verbatim response was a look into his addled mind.

“I was still myself, I think just part of it. This week, look guys, we know who we’re playing. When you look at the ESPN deal, I think they’re ranked number one---I don’t know. Like I said, they’re number two, but I don’t think we’re ranked number one so---look, we know the task is going to be a big one. The quarterback thing, yeah you got to be prepared and you actually have to be prepared for three different guys. They’re no dummies, they’re leaving it out there, they can know who it is, I get it. They’re certainly not going to do us any favors.”

Give that a quick re-read.

My verbal syntax and wandering trains of thought aren’t evidence of an ordered mind either, so I do empathize with Rex. But neither am I the head coach of one of 32 entries in the NFL, a pretty high-profile league in which an ordered presentation from the guy in charge is usually a positive.

I spoke at length with Tim Graham – who really does work for the Buffalo News – during our Quick Slants Podcast this week.

Rex’ constant insistence on his own authenticity feels to me like a misdirection. He chooses who he’s going to be and how he’s going to be each week. That’s the only consistent thing about him, other than the fact that he is an eminently likable guy specifically because he is so vulnerable.

 For a guy that wants to projecting an image of a guy who just doesn’t give a s***, he spends a lot of time thinking about this stuff.  

“I learned a long time ago, you got to be yourself in this league and that [acting like Bill Belichick] wouldn’t have worked,” Ryan explained. “If I tried to be like Bill Belichick that would never work for me, just like, not that he ever would, but if he’s going to try to be like somebody else, that ain’t going to work for him. And so, at least one thing we have in common is the fact that we know you better be yourself in this league and look, I think it’s hilarious when he’s on there because that’s who he is but it’s great and he does it better than anybody else. Some guys that try to copy that style, they’re phonies. Belichick does it, that’s who he is. [Gregg] Popovich is probably the closest thing in the NBA. Like those guys are classics but that’s who they are and they’re fantastic and I think the record speaks for itself but you talk about a consistent guy, Bill Belichick is the most consistent guy there is and I try to be consistent, albeit in a much different way.”

Consistent in his inconsistency. Great fun at parties. No way to go through life as an NFL head coach.