Caserio indicates trade winds could blow

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Caserio indicates trade winds could blow

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - A GM shopping for that specialthird cornerback this roster-building season has two choices.

He can go out and try to swing a deal for the player he wants in the next few days. Or he can take his chances by kicking through the detritus of his fellow GMs on Tuesday when NFL rosters cut down from 90 to 80.

Patriots personnel man Nick Caserio pointed out Wednesday that trade conversations in advance of next Tuesday's cutdown will be frequent.

"Generally speaking, about this time of the year maybe even after the third preseason game teams will probably have a little bit more dialogue amongst themselves," said Caserio. "There will be some discussion back and forth. Teams might say, Were heavy here; were light here, so its more just, I would say, normal conversation. I would anticipate that some of the discussions, probably after the weekend, will probably pick up a little bit more, and I would say thats probably normal as it is any time of the year."

The Patriots, for instance, have a bevy of defensive linemen. Every team in the league knows some of them are going to be heaved overboard. So what's the harm in Caserio lifting the phone and calling a fellow GM about unloading a soon-to-be-cut Landon Cohen in exchange for a sixth-rounder in next April's draft? None. There is none.

Or you can try and hold up a team like the Giants by dangling a Jonathan Wilhite in front of their corner-hungry faces.

Ahead of the cutdown, scouts will be all over this weekend's games. The aim istrying to forecast which players will be cut by their current teams that could have use on their club. And then the race is on.

"It's a long night in the league office just to get to the names on the waiver wire," said Caserio, who divulged the league's decision to allow teams to cut to 80 players instead of the originally planned 75. "When those players are released, well go through the waiver wire and if there are any particular players that we want to investigate further then well do it.

"Its very similar to, I would say, what happens on that last Saturday of sort of the final cut down maybe not quite as extensive from a numbers standpoint, but theres still youll have the evening and the next day to figure out if you want to make a claim for someone? Is there a player that is terminated that maybe you want to bring in for a visit or a physical?"

It's the same process the Patriots go through withmost every unemployed player from Darren Sharper to Clinton Portis to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

"There are two weeks left in the preseason," said Caserio. "Weve kind of started the process of organizing and kind of prioritizing some of the players that potentially could be available that may be able to add to our team."

And which ones they may make available to others. There will be some sleep missed by the scouting staffs around the league in the next few days, that's for sure.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Every few months, our buddy Manish Mehta gets suitably bored or his bosses at the New York Daily News get sufficiently impatient with him and he goes off with some prediction that winds up being the absolute direct opposite of what actually happens.

He would be like the drippy-nosed kid at his own birthday party trying to bust open the piñata for an uncomfortable length of time. Except, eventually, somebody takes pity on that kid. With Manish, nobody ever feels bad and he’s left out there swinging long after the party’s over and everyone’s gone home.

Tom Brady’s suspension has provided multiple opportunities for Manish to walk into screen doors.

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First, after Brady bailed in July on taking his suspension to the SCOTUS, Mehta spun it forward and said the Jets would be looking real good after four games with Jimmy Garoppolo driving the bus.

Brady will be in full-fledged F.U. mode by the time he faces the Jets for the first time in Week 12. But what if the Patriots start off winless or 1-3 with Garoppolo? Will Brady's greatness be enough to overcome such a sluggish start given that his team has the second toughest strength of schedule in the AFC (behind the Jets and just ahead of the Bills and Dolphins)?

"I feel like, in this division, you got to win 10-plus games, maybe 11-plus games," Decker said. "That means you almost have to go perfect the rest of the year (after a 1-3 start). You can be in a situation where you play a hard Sunday game and, all of sudden, you got a (quick turnaround) on a Thursday night. … You can factor those things in and make a case that it's more difficult to go on a run after starting 1-3."

After the Patriots started 2-0 and Garoppolo broke, Mehta waded in again.

Not even the greatest football mind of the generation will be able to wiggle out of this jam.

The Patriots face a new reality now that Jimmy Garoppolo wrecked his shoulder on Sunday: The Evil Empire will be looking up at the Jets in the AFC East standings when Tom Brady returns….

(Jacoby) Brissett has been a NFL player for FIVE MONTHS. He'll have THREE DAYS to prepare for his first start. Belichick is brilliant, but let's be realistic. He's not going to climb this mountain.

Friday, Manish made a Mehta Culpa in the New York Daily News and on CSN's SportsNet Central. His prediction of Brissett going bellyup and the Patriots being behind the Jets by the time Brady made his return was, “one giant swing and a miss,” wrote Mehta.

“I was wrong like pre-Socratic philosophers, who thought the world was flat. I was wrong like the Chicago Daily Tribune headline writer, who prematurely buried Truman in '48. I was wrong like Lex Luthor, who thought he could destroy Superman three or four hundred times.

Mehta got an avalanche of “You’re a ******* moooooorrrrrrooooonnnnn!!!!” tweets Thursday night. This was his blanket attempt to say, “Yes. Yes I am.”

And for a second, you worry. Is Manish done? Has he taken his blindfold off, put down his stick and gone into the house for good? No more wild swings and misses?

And then you realize it is his raison d’etre. He’ll be back. And – like this guy – he’ll be gloriously mistaken.