Caserio says Pats 2011 evaluation is ongoing

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Caserio says Pats 2011 evaluation is ongoing

INDIANAPOLIS -- The fact the Patriots' 2011 season ended less than three weeks ago (doesn't it seem like months since the Super Bowl?) means they are still kicking through the rubble of a very successful run that ended inches short of another Super Bowl win. "Were still going through it" said Nick Caserio, the Patriots head personnel man. "We started some of that when we came back from the Super Bowl. Were still going through it. Well go through a player-by-player analysis, with strengths and weaknesses, kind of a summary of what the player is and what the player, in our opinion, his future is moving forward. Were still going through that.

"Schematic review, thats ongoing, the self-scout," Caserio continued. "Well go through and look at all the runs, all the passes, youll go through everything. Its really ongoing. The bulk of the coaches time, thats where its going to be allocated self scout, player evaluation, and then start to get into a little bit of the draft and some of the free agency. Id say it will be continually ongoing, and by the time we get to the beginning of OTAs, well have a firm grasp of where we are on everything.I asked if there was a mourning period after the loss to the Giants. Caserio indicated he understood the reason for the question but that kind of navel-gazing isn't part of what NFL teams do. The way I look at it, its kind of like another game during the year win or lose, the next day, heres what happened and then you move on to the next game," he said. "We dont have a next game to move on to. This is the next game, sort of, thats in town. Thats where we are. We were up and running the following week, in draft meetings with our scouting staff going through these prospects. You have to move on. Weve moved on and you got to prepare for the next thing thats in front of you and thats what were going to do.

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

FOXBORO -- Harvey Langi played multiple positions across multiple colleges. Bill Belichick made sure the undrafted linebacker’s next move was to New England. 

After the Patriots made just four draft picks, they gave the BYU product a contract that guaranteed $100,000 of his base salary along with a $15,000 signing bonus; by comparison, most of the Patriots’ undrafted free agent signings this offseason have gotten guarantees of around $20,000 or less. 

Since the Patriots paid Langi like a draft pick -- basically like a fifth-rounder -- why didn’t they just draft him? They had the opportunity, as they entered the final two rounds with a sixth-round pick and a seventh remaining. They packaged both to move up in the sixth and take UCLA tackle Conor McDermott, ending their draft.

Seeing the Patriots finish picking early must have been disheartening for Langi, as New England had shown ample interest in him ahead of the draft. Then again, there’s more than one way to guarantee you get the player, and the Pats did that with Langi’s contract. 

“With all that, it’s in the past now,” Langi said this week. “They showed interest. I was, of course, interested in anyone and everyone, but when the Patriots were looking at me, I was super pumped because of the program that is run here. It was awesome.”

A native of South Jordan, Utah, Langi landed at BYU after beginning his college career as a running back for the University of Utah. While at Utah, Langi ran for 70 yards on 13 careers. Following his transfer to BYU, Langi moved around positionally, but was primarily a linebacker and defensive end. He continued to see reps as a running back, rushing for two touchdowns last season as a senior. 

As far as his candidacy for the NFL goes, the 6-foot-2, 251-pounder looks to be best cut-out for linebacker. Specifically, an NFC West scout said that BYU did him a “real disservice” by playing him on the edge and that he should be used at middle linebacker. As a senior, he had 57 tackles, five for a loss and two sacks.  

Langi will have company in the middle, but that’s where being an undrafted player comes in. There is no immediate pressure for him to be any sort of game-breaker, but if he can use his athleticism to make the 53-man roster as a special-teamer and one of Dont’a Hightower’s backups, he’ll have the opportunity to try to develop into someone worthy of defensive snaps. 

For now, it’s a new start for Langi, but one he feels could be the start of something promising. 

“Those first steps are just steps,” Langi said. “That’s what I’m trying to do, is just keep taking more steps. When I did take a step in the building, the feeling was just like, ‘Gosh.’ Ever since you’ve been a kid, this program and how coach runs his program and how everything is done here in New England, it was an amazing feeling walking through those doors, for sure. Surreal.” 
 

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

After visiting a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, Red Sox utility man Brock Holt will be shut down from baseball activity indefinitely, according to multiple reports.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox’ concern for Holt, who turns 29 June 11, goes well beyond baseball. 

Holt first suffered a concussion more than a year ago while diving for a ball against the Oakland A’s. He hasn’t played in the major leagues since April 20 when vertigo and post-concussion symptoms returned. His minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket the past month has been interrupted by the recurrence of vertigo.