Quick hits on Schobel, Kaczur, Warren and Barrett
|08.09.10 at 10:42 am ET|
FOXBORO — If you’re thinking the Patriots are going announce their interest in Aaron Schobel publicly, think again.
While the veteran pass rusher would certainly fill a need with the team, coach Bill Belichick was very strategic with his answer on Monday morning in the first media availability since players were given the weekend off.
Schobel has reportedly been in discussions with the Houston Texans and has indicated an interest in signing there since being given his release last week by the Buffalo Bills.
“Nick [Caserio] and the personnel staff look at all the players that are out there,” Belichick said. “Any player that’s not on the roster, we’ve evaluated. He has some sort of status with us, whatever that category and there are a number of different categories but that’s what the personnel staff does, they look at all the players. The ones that are on other teams, we keep track of them and the ones that aren’t with any team, we keep track of them.
“I’m sure, depending on what his situation is, he would some value to different teams but again that’s all relative to a lot of other circumstances and that would vary from team to team. I can’t speak for other teams.”
Belichick also confirmed that safety Josh Barrett will have shoulder surgery after being claimed on waivers on Friday from the Denver Broncos.
Nick Kaczur and Ty Warren are being evaluated by the team medical officials, Belichick announced Monday. Specifically, Kaczur’s knee injury is of particular concern since the team was hoping that he would be able to begin preseason games playing at left guard, filling in for Logan Mankins, who is in a contract holdout.
“Injury-wise, Ty and Nick both have missed a number of practices and they both are being evaluated our medical staff and we’ll see what comes of that. We just have to wait to get a little bit more information there. Otherwise, I’d say everybody is in a day-to-day situation.”
“We’ll deal with his situation when we know more about it.” Belichick said of Kaczur.
The Super Bowl champ New Orleans Saints come marching into Foxboro today, beginning two days of practices against the Patriots prior to the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night at Gillette. This marks the first time in nine years Belichick has brought in another team during camp to help with practice. The last time was in 2001 when he invited the New York Giants to camp.
“It’s just part of the whole structure to get your team ready for the the season,” Belichick said. “I haven’t really thought about 2001 too much. We do it against each other and this will be a chance to do it against somebody else, their schemes and players are different than ours, so it just creates some different match-ups and we’ll see it again Thursday night. It gives us a chance to create some situations that may or may not come up during a game.”
NFL officials are also making their annual visit this week to Gillette to inform players and coaches of changes, like moving the position of the umpire during games.
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