FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, donning a Patriots charitable association marathon jacket, opened his pre-draft press conference on Monday afternoon with remarks on the recent events at the Boston Marathon.
"Before we get started on the football front, just a prayer and a thought to the families of the victims and those directly affected by the events of last week. I think all of us were impacted indirectly, with some more directly than others. Thoughts and prayers I think are still with everybody as we're recovering, and I think a debt of gratitude is certainly in order for the law enforcement officials of Boston, specifically of Watertown, for their swift efforts of last week in their painstaking efforts to reach a resolution. [They] enabled us to kind of get back to some degree of normalcy, it's a slow process, I think we're all working through it, but without their efforts, we probably wouldn't even be standing here today having this press conference. Definitely a debt of gratitude and appreciation is in order for them. I think it's been pretty neat to see the city of Boston respond to the events. This is a strong city, it's a hard-nose city, it's a tough city, and the one thing about I think the people of Boston, we're going to fight and we're going to battle and some of the efforts of people last week -- the first to respond -- were pretty heroic on that front. Sitting down here at Gillette Stadium, you probably can't really understand the true impact that it had on people that were there alive, but that speaks to the city of Boston and what we're about."