Caserio explains veteran visits are standard fare

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Caserio explains veteran visits are standard fare

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Nick Caserio, the Patriots Director of Player Personnel, confirmed on Monday that the veteran free agent workouts being held are mostly about data collection. "We're just doing our due diligence," said Caserio, who had plans to check out safeties Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill and wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Monday. "We're doing our homework. We're trying to stay prepared. We're trying to gain as much information as we can on the players and if there's an opportunity that makes sense for us then we'll pursue it."Caserio noted that, despite the lockout, the team has worked out as many free agents this season as they had at this point last year. The idea that hosting new guys necessarily means the ax will fall on current guys is faulty. "It's standard operating procedure," Caserio said of the free agent workouts. "The guys that are here are working. We're just trying to evaluate the market to the best of our ability and have as much information at our disposal as possible."This tire-kicking is interesting, especially when recognizable names arebrought in. But as we mentioned Sunday night, a GM would have to be a moron tonot have a working knowledge of what tasks available veteransare capable of performing."(Medical evaluations are) a part of (the visits)," Caserio explained."(It's) sort of getting a gauge as to what their conditioning level will be. Maybe they're coming off an injury. We're just sort of getting a gauge as to where they are from a health position." Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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