Caserio tight-lipped on Fletcher, Waters

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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."

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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