|Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio weighs in on Raheem Brock and Matt Roth||08.03.11 at 8:45 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With the news that the Patriots have kicked the tires on veterans Matt Roth and Raheem Brock, New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio talked a little bit about them both on Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium.
Without mentioning specifics — that is, confirming their workouts — Caserio said they did have some similarities.
“They play similar positions, [but] I’d say their skill sets are a little different,” Caserio said of Roth and Brock. “In the end, you evaluate the player on their own merits and then you figure out how that player would fit into what you are doing with your system.
“We bring a lot of players in. We talk to a lot of players this time of year. There’s a lot of information that’s out there so we’re just trying to do our job. The process hasn’t changed from what it is to the spring and summer. We’re trying to gather as much information as we can on as many players as possible, make a determination to see if we have a spot for them.”
When it comes to pass-rushers, Roth and Brock could be the best two options remaining for the Patriots if they are interested in bringing in outside help. The 28-year-old Roth is a 6-foot-4, 275-pounder out of Iowa who is known as a solid presence against both the run and the pass.
He played the majority of the last two seasons in Cleveland after being claimed off waivers in November of 2009. He had 3.5 sacks last year for the Browns after having four and five in 2010 and 2009, respectively. (For more on Roth, check out our profile on him here.)
Meanwhile, Brock is a 33-year-old who has spent nine seasons in the league — eight in Indianapolis and one in Seattle. While Brock saw a drop in playing time last year (his first with the Seahawks), he did end the year with a career-best nine sacks. The 6-foot-4, 274-pounder tweeted Wednesday about his session with the Patriots, writing: Had a great workout today! ……Decisions….Decisions….Decisions…
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