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."

How does Derek Carr's new deal impact Jimmy Garoppolo?

How does Derek Carr's new deal impact Jimmy Garoppolo?

Ever since Derek Carr signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Raiders to give him the highest average annual contract value in league history, some version of the same question has been posed over and over again. 

What does this mean for other quarterbacks looking for new deals? 

Despite the fact that Carr's average annual value surpasses the previous high set by Andrew Luck ($24.6 million), and despite the fact that Carr's contract provides him the security that alluded him while he was on his rookie contract, his recent haul may not mean much for the likes of Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and other top-end quarterbacks.

They were already expecting monster paydays down the road that would hit (or eclipse) the $25 million range, and Carr's record-setting contract may not even serve as a suitable baseline for them, as ESPN's Dan Graziano lays out.

So if Carr's contract did little more for upper-echelon quarterbacks than confirm for them where the market was already headed, then does it mean anything for someone like Jimmy Garoppolo? 

Carr and Garoppolo were both second-round picks in 2014, but from that point, they've obviously taken very different roads as pros. Carr started 47 consecutive games in his first three years and by last season he had established himself as one of the most valuable players in the league. Garoppolo, by comparison, has started two games. 

Both players still hold loads of promise, but unless Garoppolo sees substantial playing time in 2017 and then hits the open market, he won't approach Carr's deal when his rookie contract is up.  

ESPN's Mike Reiss projected that a fair deal for Garoppolo on the open market might fall between the $19 million that was guaranteed to Chicago's Mike Glennon and Carr's contract, which includes $40 million fully guaranteed and $70 million in total guarantees, per NFL Media.

Perhaps something in the range of what Brock Osweiler received from the Texans after Osweiler started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 would be considered fair: four years, with $37 million guaranteed. Because Osweiler (before his deal or since) never seemed as polished as Garoppolo was in his two games as a starter in 2016, and because the salary cap continues to soar, the argument could be made that Garoppolo deserves something even richer. 

Though Garoppolo is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency following the 2017 season, there is a chance he doesn't get there quite that quickly. The Patriots could try to come to some kind of agreement with their backup quarterback on an extension that would keep him in New England, or they could place the franchise tag on him following the season. 

Either way, Garoppolo will get paid. But until he sees more time on the field, a deal that would pay him in the same range as his draft classmate will probably be out of reach.

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

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.