Patriots Notes: Staff Moves, Cassel, Evans...

The New England Patriots have a new tight ends coach who gets a nod of approval from Ben Watson. Matt Cassel the topic of debate and Heath Evans wants to return

The New England Patriots have found a new replacement for their open tight ends coaching position, Shane Waldron. The team made the announcement Thursday. In addition, Jon Robinson was named director of college scouting and Monti Ossenfort was name as a national scout.

The move to promote Waldron from assistant to position coach was one more instance where the Patriots preferred to promote form within. Waldron had been an assistant line coach, spending five seasons with the team two as a member of the coaching staff.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson thought the after all of the hard work Waldron put in, the move was the right one.

"Shane is a guy who has worked really hard. Since I've been there, he's moved up," Watson told the Boston Globe.

"Last year he was doing a lot with the offense, and he was in all of our meetings and everything."

Although Waldron wasn't a coach, he may as well have been one according to Watson. The former first round pick believes that the Bill Belichck's plan of promoting form within has worked in the past and will continue.

Watson wished Mangurian the best.

Robinson's promotion is another indication that moving up in the ranks is part of the Patriots game plan. An area scout in 2002, Robinson was eventually promoted to regional scout and assistant director of college scouting before the most recent move.

Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff once held the position Robinson now holds Dimitroff accepted the Falcon's open GM position last year, then selected Boston College's Matt Ryan in the first round and watched Ryan lead the Falcons to the playoffs.

Ossenfort, a five-year member of the New England organization, joins Bob Quinn as the team's national scouts

Cassel Better Than Top Draft Picks?

According to NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper, the top quarterbacks in this year's draft class can't compare with Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. It's no stretch to think that Cassel could a team looking for a quarterback. According to the Detroit Free Press, Kiper names the Detroit Lions as one team that should take a look at Cassel if they can get him.

"If you're asking me, 'Would I rather have Matt Cassel or Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez?' I'd rather have Matt Cassel," Kiper said in a conference call this week.

Kiper went on to indicate that Cassel was worth much more than the seventh round pick the Patriots used on him. Considering how first round pick Matt Leinart has struggled, Cassel could be the bargain of the century.

"He looked like he should have been a No. 1 pick overall in the draft," Kiper said. "It's amazing. To watch him play this year, you'd have thought, 'Hey, if he had been the No. 1 pick in the draft, people would have been very happy with the way he's playing right now."

All indications are that Cassel continues to be an insurance policy for the Patriots in case Tom Brady's injury prevents him from returning to the starting lineup in time for the season.

The Patriots used the franchise tag on Cassel to prevent other teams from signing the potential free agent without compensating the Patriots. The franchise designation guarantees Cassel $14.65 million for 2009.

Heath Evans Wants To Return

Fullback Heath Evans told the Boston Herald this week that he would like to return. He knows that it takes time to sort through the free agents on the roster currently, but if it were up to Evans, he'd like to return to New England

"I don't want to go anywhere," Evans told the Herald. "But I'll let them get all the bigwigs like (Matt) Cassel and all of them squared away."

After eight seasons in the NFL, Evans has learned ot be patient. He also said he hopes to retire with the team. "That's where I want to be. That's where I want to retire," Evans said.

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