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Caserio going down his checklist

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 3, 2012 01:46 PM

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On Aug. 27, the week of the third preseason game, teams will have to trim their rosters from 90 to 75 players. The Patriots are right at 90 after a pair of moves yesterday. They claimed tackle Miami's rookie free agent Dustin Waldron off waivers and released offensive lineman Jamey Richards. Caserio said the Patriots actually worked Waldron out in the spring ahead of the draft. Dante Scarnecchia went out to Portland and spent the day with him.

“We'll bring him in, put him in the mix and see how he does,” Caserio said.

They also signed guard Derek Dennis, another Dolphins rookie free agent, putting the roster at 90. Caserio said the team kept an eye on Dennis when they were looking at Temple running back Bernard Pierce during the draft process.

“I think there's a lot of players that are still out there, so at this point in the year, you try to go back to your lists, the information you had on file,” Caserio said.

As far as trade talk at this point in the year, Caserio said there's always discussion.

“I'd say it's no different this year than it's been in year's past,” he said. “Could it happen? Yeah. Will it happen? It all depends. It's a case by case basis.”

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