Koppen not taking camp for granted; adjusting without Light

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Koppen not taking camp for granted; adjusting without Light

Going into his tenth season with the Patriots, Dan Koppen is no stranger to training camp.

Speaking with CSNNE's Mike Giardi, Koppen was asked if he's at the stage in his career where he can enjoy it, or is it just a "necessary evil"?

"It's probably both," Koppen said. "It's a necessary evil but as you get older you start to appreciate it more and have more fun with it. So just out here having a good time and working to get better."

But Koppen knows not to have too much fun -- after all, there are always other players on the team after his job, and it often times comes down to who wants it more

"Since I've been here there's been competition," he said.

Regardless of his tenure with the team, Koppen still doesn't have that "comfortable" feeling when it comes to a spot on the roster.

"That's just the group of guys that we have," he said. "You never know. No one is guaranteed a spot. It's about how you perform, how consistent you are. You just have to earn your spot on this team."

But one person he doesn't have to worry about taking up a roster spot is former teammate and lineman, Matt Light. Light is hanging them up, and taking his talents -- and personality -- to the television set. Not having Light around is an adjustment that Koppen is trying to make now.

"It's different. Matt is just one of those guys," Koppen said. "He's a great guy to have around. He's a great teammate and I'm sure he's going to be wonderful on the air with ESPN now. He's a good friend and a good player, so anytime you lose those type of guys it's tough. But a lot of us have been around here a long time and seen some great players go, so we understand it and nothing stays the same in this league so everybody deals with it."

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

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Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

At Tuesday night’s Patriots Premiere event, tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with the 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to have received the award that is named for the late Ron Burton. The first player the Patriots organization ever drafted, Burton was well-known for his charitable work.

“Ever since I’ve been here, following the Krafts, the whole Kraft family, from Myra Kraft, Mr. Kraft, all his sons, seeing everyone lead by example, how they give back to the community every single week was just an honor to see,” said Gronkowski, “I just wanted to be a part of it and give back to the community in a positive way.”

Those who have received the award in the past include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," said Kraft. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.' He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year's Ron Burton Community Service Award."

Gronk, never shy about cracking a joke, entertained the crowd like only he can.

“Who would have ever thought five years ago when I was on ESPN every weekend drunk that I’d be accepting this award?”

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.