No Huddle: Vereen on screens

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No Huddle: Vereen on screens

Running back Shane Vereen and punter Zoltan Mesko met with reporters after Sunday's training camp session. Here are the highlights from each huddle.

Q: It looks like the offense is working on screen passes. That fits well into your kind of game, right?
Shane Vereen: "I think it just fits into the offense. Weve got to be able to do multiple things as an offense and weve got to be able to do them well. In order to do it well youve got to practice it.

Q: What makes a screen pass effective?
SV: "Its effective because it puts defenses on their heels, but it also just opens another chapter of our offense.

Q: Do you enjoy the play?
SV: "I enjoy anytime the coaches can get the ball in my hands and anything I can do for the team.

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish during training camp?
SV: Im hoping to get better. There are a lot of areas where I need to improve personally and there are a lot of areas that Id like to get better at. Thats what Im trying to do this camp.

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Q: Do you feel like guys are enjoying their time together right now?
Zoltan Mesko: Its good to struggle together and go through the ups and downs in camp. Thats the way teams get gelling. We hope to come together at the point when the season starts.

Q: Think you'll do a lot of fake punting this season?
ZM: Whatever the coaches tell me, Ill be very eager to do.

Q: Have you watched much of the Olympics?
ZM: Ill watch it at lunch time a little bit and a little bit at night on the tape replays. Its pretty cool to watch everything.

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

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Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

As the Patriots so often like to do, they promoted from within to fill an open coaching position on Monday. 

The team announced that they've named Nick Caley as their tight ends coach, filling the vacancy left behind when Brian Daboll accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama last week. 

Caley was a coaching assistant with the Patriots for the past two seasons after spending a decade in the college ranks at John Carroll (2005-06), Akron (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Iowa State (2009-11), Eastern Illinois (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Florida Atlantic (2014).

Caley is one of several John Carroll products -- including director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinski -- working for the Patriots at the moment. He graduated from the Jesuit university situated just outside of Cleveland in 2006.