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Caserio taking different approach this camp

08.02.10 at 5:29 pm ET

FOXBORO ‘€” During last year’€™s training camp, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was a ubiquitous presence on the field. Almost every day throughout camp, Caserio was on the field and interacting with the players ‘€” especially the wide receivers ‘€” as much as any one of the assistants coaches.

This year, it’€™s a different story ‘€” through the first week, Caserio has spent most of his time standing on the fringes of the practice field and only occasionally engaging a member of the support staff. Instead, it’€™s been de facto offensive coordinator Billy O’€™Brien and wide receivers coach Chad O’€™Shea hanging out with the receivers.

Caserio said that because he’€™s been on the sidelines this season during camp, it doesn’€™t necessarily mean that his role within the franchise has changed.

‘€œThat’€™s probably the biggest change, that I’€™m not on the field conducting the drills,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™d say there’€™s some interaction. I think it’€™s just looking at it from a different perspective, but the things that you’€™re looking for I wouldn’€™t say are too drastically different. The biggest thing is kind of that you see more of a big picture instead of one position that you’€™re focused on when you’€™re working on a day-to-day basis with them.’€

Caserio, who is entering his third full season as New England’€™s director of player personnel, said removing himself from the drills helps when it comes to developing an understanding of ‘€œthe big picture.’€

‘€œJust like a player, I take the philosophy that the more you can learn [and] the more you can understand, the better off we’€™re all going to be,’€ Caserio said.

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