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."

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins. 

Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016. 

Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1. 

Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010).