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Nick Caserio talks about removal of Darrelle Revis from Jets secondary

04.22.13 at 9:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The trade of Darrelle Revis from the Jets to Tampa Bay will have an impact throughout football, but most notably in the AFC East, where the Bills, Dolphins and Patriots now won’t have to face the All-Pro corner twice a year.

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio talked about the removal of Revis from the New York secondary on Monday afternoon and what it means in New England.

“You’re cognizant of it,” Caserio said when asked about the ramifications of Revis going from New York to Tampa. “I think you have some degree of understanding, but I think the focus of it right now is really more on your team and our team and just the draft preparation of what we’re going to do.

“Darrelle is a great player. There’s no question about it. I think the Jets will do what they can. They’ll put a good team out there, whoever we end up playing, whoever is on the field, they’ll be good players, and we’ll have to make sure that we’re prepared for that. We’re going to have to face him, it looks like, some time this season when we play Tampa Bay. He won’t be too far from us.”

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Good draft for defensive backs, offensive line and wide receiver, according to Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio

04.22.13 at 1:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — If you’re looking for a versatile defensive back, this is a good draft, according to Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

In his pre-draft press conference at Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon, Caserio was asked about some positions that might stand out above the rest when it comes to positions of strength in this year’s draft. Caserio singled out the elite defensive backs this year — particularly their versatility — as well as offensive line and wide receiver.

“There’s a lot of good productive players,” he said. “I think the secondary is an area, both the corners and the safety position. I think one of the things that is probably unique about that position is you’ve seen more players who have actually played multiple positions. Some have played safety. Some have played corner. Some have played the nickel position like the Matt Elam kid, so there’s versatile players in the defensive backfield. They’re not necessarily confined to one particular spot, which that probably speaks to the evolution.

“You’re looking for guys that are versatile, can play multiple spots, and some of those players have played in more passing-oriented divisions and conferences, the SEC with some of the spread offenses and those types of things. I think there’s some depth. I think there’s some versatility at that position.

“The offensive line is a good group. There’s some good players in that group, and there are a fair amount of receivers in that group as well. I would say every year we talk about the same thing. There are going to be more players at certain positions relative to others. That’s just the way it goes. You don’t necessarily evaluate the players any differently than you do on a year-to-year basis.”

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Nick Caserio expresses sympathy for Marathon bombing victims, thanks to first responders

04.22.13 at 1:01 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio opened his pre-draft press conference on Monday afternoon with a few thoughts about the victims of the Marathon bombings, as well as a word of thanks for the first responders.

“In regard to last week, I think it’s fair to say all of our minds were elsewhere, and the last thing we were thinking about was the draft and football,” said Caserio. “Before we get started on the football front, just a prayer and a thought to the families of the victims and those directly affected by the events of last week. I think all of us were impacted indirectly, but some more directly than others. Thoughts and prayers are still with everybody as we’re recovering, and a debt of gratitude is certainly in order for the law enforcement officials of Boston, specifically Watertown for their swift efforts last week, their painstaking efforts, to reach a resolution, enable us to get back to some degree of normalcy.

“It’s a slow process,” he added. “I think we’re all working through it, but without their efforts, we probably wouldn’t even be standing here today having a press conference. Definitely a debt of gratitude and appreciation is in order for them. I think it’s been pretty neat to see the city of Boston respond to the events. This is a strong city. It’s a hard-nosed city. It’s a tough city. The one thing about it, the people of Boston, we’re going to fight. We’re going to battle. Some of the efforts of the people last week, the first to respond, were pretty heroic on that front. Sitting down here at Gillette Stadium, probably can’t really understand the true impact that it had on people there live, but I think it speaks to the city of Boston and what we’re about. I think that’s most appropriate for everybody here today.”

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Georgia DT Johnathan Jenkins

04.22.13 at 7:12 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Nose tackle

School: Georgia

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 346 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC second team (coaches)

What he brings: Jenkins stands out for his size — especially his width — and his strength, though his width does limit his mobility somewhat. When he positions himself well, he’s very difficult to move, and he’s played multiple positions on the Georgia defensive line. Some say he gets out-leveraged occasionally by smaller offensive linemen who get underneath him, and while his quickness is impressive for his massive size, it’s not particularly remarkable overall. He’s effective in battling through blocks to the quarterback, showing good technique and consistent effort as well as overpowering physical strength, but his main role is to clog up lanes and prevent the run.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2

Notes: Jenkins left Gulf Coast Community College as a highly regarded junior college prospect in 2009, landing at Georgia and appearing in 14 games in his first season. In his senior season, he made 50 tackles, two for a loss, and one sack. projects him as a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme.

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What a trade of Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay means for Patriots

04.21.13 at 11:35 am ET
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The much-discussed trade that would send cornerback Darrelle Revis from the Jets to Tampa Bay appeared to take another step closer to reality on Sunday, as several reports indicated that New York is allowing the Pro Bowl corner to go to Tampa to take a physical –which could certainly be taken as a precursor to a trade.

(UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Revis’ agent has Tweeted the news that the trade to Tampa Bay has become official.)

So what does that mean for the Patriots? The prospect of not having to face Revis twice a year certainly has to be appetizing for the New England passing game. When he was healthy, Revis was a major part of the defensive success that New York had enjoyed over the last five seasons — an elite, lockdown corner who could close off one half of the field, he was able to change the game and allow the Jets to do things defensively they couldn’t do before he arrived. Some of the best individual matchups I’ve seen over the last four seasons involved Revis against either Randy Moss or Wes Welker. Great talents always trying to one up each other. Now, guys like Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and (to some extent) Aaron Hernandez should celebrate the prospect of not having to face Revis twice a year as a division rival.

(One ironic thing, as far as the Patriots are concerned — they finally have Revis out of their division … but if the trade to Tampa Bay does go through, they’ll still have to face him in 2013, as New England will host the Bucs on Sept. 22.)

Three thoughts, as far as the Jets are concerned: one, while it remains to be seen how much they will get back in return, this deal appears to make sense in the sense that even coming off a season-ending knee injury, Revis remains their most tradeable chip. Two, while it’s not anywhere in the vicinity of the albatross that is the Mark Sanchez contract, it’s more money coming off their books, and gives New York a little more financial freedom and more flexibility when it comes to rebuilding. And three, good or bad — even if he’s not the one pulling the trigger here — this deal will certainly come to define new Jets GM John Idzik. This will either mark the start of the turnaround in New York and the road back to respectability, or the beginning of the end of his tenure.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore

04.21.13 at 7:30 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to provide daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Running back

School: South Carolina

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 221 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-SEC honorable mention (media), 2011 All-SEC second team (media, coaches), 2010 SEC Freshman of the Year (media, coaches), 2010 All-SEC first team (media, coaches)

What he brings: Numerous scouts have noted Lattimore’s field vision and quick feet. It has also been said that Lattimore is a solid receiver with good hands and is good at blocking and protecting the quarterback when needed. also notes his ability to break tackles and his strong work ethic.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 4 or 5

Notes: In 2012, Lattimore set the University of South Carolina school record for career touchdowns (34). Also that season, he suffered a severe knee injury against Tennessee, ending his season early for the second consecutive season. In the 2011 season Lattimore ranked near the top of both the SEC and country in rushing yards per game (116.9).

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Video: Here is a package of Lattimore highlights.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Baylor WR Terrance Williams

04.20.13 at 7:15 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Wide receiver

School: Baylor

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 208 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America first team (unanimous), 2012 Biletnikoff Award finalist, 2012 All-Big 12 first team (coaches), 2011 All-Big 12 honorable mention (coaches)

What he brings: Williams’ height has helped him with potential jump balls in the red zone. notes that he is good at shaking his defender off the line and credits him with the speed to gain a step down the sideline. It is also being said that Williams tracks the ball and adjusts to it in the air, and has showcased the ability to stop and turn for the back-shoulder fade. CBS Sports points out Williams’ blocking ability and his efforts in route adjustments. Some scouts have compared him to Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2

Notes: Williams will leave Baylor with eight school records to his name, including career all-purpose yards (4,693), single-season receiving yards (1,832 in 2012), single-season yards per game (140.9 in 2012), single game receptions (17 in 2012), and single-game receiving yards (314 in 2012). His 2012 receiving yards and yards per game total also led the entire nation.

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Video: Here’s a closer look at Williams with some analysis.

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