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Caserio: Wasn't the plan to aquire 2017 4th-rounder for Deflategate

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Caserio: Wasn't the plan to aquire 2017 4th-rounder for Deflategate

When the Patriots walked away from last weekend's draft, they did so with an extra fourth round pick to be used in 2017. That was especially noteworthy given that the Patriots will be docked a fourth-rounder next year as part of the Deflategate punishment handed down to the team by the league. 

But when Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio joined Sirius XM's "Move the Chains" program this week, he said they weren't dead-set on grabbing an extra fourth-rounder for next year. 

"Not necessarily," Caserio explained. "When you get into the draft, you're not really sure how it's going to unfold. You go into the process, you get yourselves prepared to pick whenever you're going to pick."

The Patriots traded down twice and up once during the three-day draft process. On Day 2, they traded the No. 61 overall pick to the Saints in exchange for picks No. 78 and No. 112, which turned into North Carolina State guard Joe Thuney and Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell, respectively.

On Day 3, Caserio and Bill Belichick made two more deals. First, they dealt two sixth-rounders (No. 196 and No. 204) and a seventh-rounder (No. 250) to Miami for the Dolphins' fifth-rounder (No. 147). Then the No. 147 overall selection was flipped to the Seahawks, along with No. 243, in exchange for No. 225 and a fourth-rounder in 2017. The Patriots eventually spent No. 225 on Arizona State receiver Devin Lucien.

"I don't think anybody had a master plan, like, 'This is how it's going to go,' " Caserio said. "I think you look at the draft, and you kind of assess where you are relative to the players you're going to pick. If you feel it makes sense to make a trade, then you go ahead and do it. If you don't, then you go ahead and pick.

"Like, we were prepared to pick there with that fifth-round pick [at No. 147] that we ended up moving. But the way it worked out, like, I don't any of us would've said going to the draft, like, 'This is how we think it's going to go.' "

The league's punishment for Deflategate states that the Patriots will lose the higher of their two selections in the fourth round for next year so it's unclear as to whether it will be their own fourth-rounder or Seattle's that will be erased. Either way, at least now they are scheduled to pick in the fourth round in 2017, whereas before the Seahawks deal they were not.

Breakfast Podcast: It was all bad, but who had the worst day vs. the Titans?

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Breakfast Podcast: It was all bad, but who had the worst day vs. the Titans?

1:25 - Tom Curran assures us the world isn’t ending after the Patriots Week 10 loss to the Titans, but he is here to play a round of buy or sell on a few topics including Brady’s recent poor play and the chances of Gronk retiring after this season.

7:14 - The Patriots weren’t the only Boston team to disappoint us this past weekend, as the Celtics finished up their five game road trip, in which they were only able to grab one win. A. Sherrod Blakely, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta discuss Brad Stevens’s comments about putting the blame on himself.

10:58 - There was a lot wrong with the Pats loss in Nashville, but who had the worst day? Gary Tanguay and Rob “Hardy” Poole pick their worst of the worst.

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Patriots loss to Titans the latest of many revenge games

Patriots loss to Titans the latest of many revenge games

In this Reporting From Foxboro, Tom Curran explains why the Titans Week 10 win is simply the most recent of a handful of "Bitterness Bowls" against New England.

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