Patriots Notebook: Ex-boss praises Caldwell 01:00 AM EDT on Friday, May 12, 2006 BY TOM E. CURRAN Journal Sports Writer Reche Caldwell has barely made an impact yet in the NFL. Who says he's poised to make one now? His former boss, of all people. San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith yesterday predicted that wide receiver Caldwell, acquired by the Patriots this offseason, will have an impact in New England. "That organization really knows how to get packages together for particular players and get the most out of people," Smith said. "I've seen it time and time again. They bring a player in that hasn't had success and give him specific instruction that lets the player know what he needs to do to succeed. It's like individual lesson plans. Wade Phillips (the Chargers' defensive coordinator) does that here. (Patriots head coach Bill Belichick) gets most of the credit for his emphasis on defense, but he gets the most out of players on defense and offense." While with the Chargers, Caldwell. . . . "He's been hurt," Smith explained. "He's really had some tough gos physically. With a change of scenery, he really could prosper." Smith said Caldwell had no real shortcomings in terms of going over the middle or working in a system that called on receivers to make post-snap reads of corners and safeties and run corresponding routes. "He just couldn't catch a break (in San Diego)," Smith said. "He is very talented. The Patriots are taking a chance on that talent and hoping he stays healthy. In this league, players and coaches move all the time and they go from one place where they weren't performing well to another place where they prosper. We just made a deal like that to get (wide receiver) Rashaun Woods for (defensive back) Sammie Davis. Maybe the change benefits both players." Meanwhile, Smith said that the Pats haven't shown interest in San Diego linebacker Donnie Edwards, who's been on the trading block since before the draft.