Veteran receiver Joey Galloway did not record a reception in Monday's win over the Bills, which might indicate that he's struggling to adapt to the team's offense.
Yet Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said today on a conference call that Galloway checked out well after film review.
"From an assignment standpoint, he did everything right, and he was open," Caserio told reporters. "The ball just went other areas. That happens. ... We feel very comfortable with where Joey is at this stage."
Galloway was on the field for about 75 percent of the offensive snaps Monday as either a No. 2 or 3 option. He lined up in different spots -- sometimes in the slot, other times on the outside -- which is important because of how liberally the Patriots mix their personnel groupings.
Caserio touched on Galloway's overall immersion in the system.
"Joey is an experienced player and has played in a number of systems, so I'm sure there aren't too many things he hasn't seen. I think Joey is a smart player. I think he works hard. He's done everything we've asked him to this point in terms of understanding the offense," he said. "He's a skilled player who has been productive in this league. We're expecting that he'll have a role in this offense. How that unfolds week to week [we'll see]."
Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter here.
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