Caserio plays it close to the vest

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Caserio plays it close to the vest

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran FOXBORO - The Patriots hosted both Raheem Brock and Matt Roth this week for free agent visits. Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio was predictably tight-lipped on the visits. Roth,a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Dolphins and Browns,has seemed a reasonable target for the Patriots all along. Butwiththe team seeming to be readying for a shift to more 4-3 sets,Brock - a longtime stalwart on the defensive line for the Colts - would fill a different void. Askedto comparethe roles the two players have filled on defenses in their past, Caserio said, "Theyve played similar positions. Id say their skill sets are little bit different. In the end, you evaluate the player for his own merits and then you just figure out how that player would fit into your system, whether its offense or defense."Caserio is a gifted practitioner of the roundabout verbal stylings Patriots personnel need to pull off to keep from divulging too much (or any) specific information. Witness his answer to a question about Brock's visit. "We bring a lot of players in," he said. "We talk to a lot of players this time of year. Theres a lot of information thats out there. Were just trying to do our job. The process hasnt changed from what it is during the spring, during the summer, during training camp. Were trying to gather as much information as we can on as many players as possible and make a determination if they have a spot and a fit on this team."Mmmm, hmmm. Efforts to ferret out whether running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis merely signed his restricted free agent tender for 2011 or signed a longer-term deal also fell by the wayside. "Hes under contract," noted Caserio. "Hell be here and hell start practicing when hes ready."The Patriots are said to be interested in disgruntled Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora as well. Given he's under contract with the Giants still, there was no way Caserio was going to offer a statement on that.
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Patriots-Steelers practice report: Full participation for Pats

Patriots-Steelers practice report: Full participation for Pats

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

DID NOT PRACTICE
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

Tom Brady speaks German in video with Sebastian Vollmer

Tom Brady speaks German in video with Sebastian Vollmer

Though neither has rivaled Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live stream, Tom Brady is having a big day when it comes to teammates posting videos of him. 

First, former teammate Vince Wilfork shared an ad for Intel in which he designed a graphic of Tom Brady. Shortly after on Wednesday afternoon, Pats offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer posted a video for NFL Deutschland called “Sea Bass’ School of Football” featuring the Patriots quarterback (video below). 

In the video, Vollmer, who was born and raised in Germany, tries to teach Brady how to give the German call of Brady’s 10-yard run in second quarter of the Patriots’ divisional round win over the Chiefs last postseason. Brady, as people speaking a language they don’t know are wont to do, struggles to say the correct words. He says “lightsaber” a few times and Vollmer gives him guff. It's not the funniest thing in the world, but it's a hell of a lot lighter than Brady's press conference Wednesday. 

Brady isn’t the first Patriot to appear in one of Vollmer’s videos. Rob Gronkowski did the first one in November and Danny Amendola did one that was posted last month.