Workouts nearly done, Pats start grading


Workouts nearly done, Pats start grading

By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - It's all over but the stacking and the grading now. Mostly. Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio met with media on Thursday in the team's annual predraft chat-em-up. The aim was for an informative session to explain how the scouting process, grading process and draft day all fit together. The aim was also, no doubt, to satiate the media and public's appetite for football-related information but not give away too much, you know, information. Both aims were met. Even though he was devoid of any usable breaking news nuggets, Caserio did explain where the Pats are right now on the road to the April 28 draft. All pro days and private workouts are pretty much done, he explained. The 30 team visits each club can schedule must be completed by next Wednesday. After that, any team that needs last-second questions answered about a player must go to that players' hometown to work him out. A few other nuggets: Caserio explained that - at this point - similarities are being drawn between players who are in the league so projections can be made. For instance, if the Patriots believed 2011 prospect Cam Jordan was similar to Willie McGinest, they would find film of McGinest while he was at USC and match that to the way Jordan looked at Cal. It's an exercise that takes "a lot of time" said Caserio. (By the way, Cam Jordan doesn't remind me of Willie McGinest . . . just a for-instance). When a player is flagged for an issue, whether it be physical orcharacter-related, the Patriots don't enter that into evaluation until all football evaluation is made. Find out how good the football player is, then - when deciding where he fits - enter the "alerts" into the equation. Don't downgrade the player for the person in the evaluation process. Caserio said the foundation is being laid right now for trades. Who wants to move? Who wants to come up? Who wants to go down? Those are the conversations. The hard discussion, though, begins five to seven picks before the team is onthe clock. There are two goals in scouting. 1. Get it right. 2. The sooner you arrive at a final conclusion, the better. Private workouts are absolutely essential if a prospect is going to be asked to do something in the NFL that he hasn't done in college. Julian Edelman was an example Caserio used - a college quarterback who was being asked to switch. New England worked him out at running back, punt returner and wide receiver before settling in. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 

But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Phil Perry analyzes  whether Danny Amendola will take another pay cut to stay with the New England Patriots.