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."

Roger Goodell says he'll be present for Patriots opener at Gillette Stadium

Roger Goodell says he'll be present for Patriots opener at Gillette Stadium

PHOENIX -- Roger Goodell said during a press conference at the league meetings on Tuesday evening that he planned to attend the NFL's "kickoff game" next season, which is scheduled to be hosted by the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in September. 

Goodell has not visited Gillette Stadium since the AFC title game in January of 2015 -- the game during which Deflategate was sparked. Last season he opted to visit Atlanta for the Divisional and Championship rounds of the playoffs in back-to-back weeks. 

On Monday, Robert Kraft was asked if he anticipated Goodell visiting New England for his team's 2017 season-opener. 

"I think I'll let you all ask him that," Kraft said. "Look, he's the commissioner of the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. If he wants to come, he's welcome to come. We're happy we'll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide if he wants to be there."

It appears as though he's decided to be there. 

Gasper: Butler-to-Saints 'makes the most sense for everybody'

Gasper: Butler-to-Saints 'makes the most sense for everybody'

Chris Gasper talks with Gary Tanguay about why he thinks Malcolm Butler going to the New Orleans Saints ultimately happens because it makes sense for both sides.