<
>

Rob Gronkowski checks in at Gillette

ARIZONA -- A few picked-up pieces from the NFL owners meeting:

1. While the purpose of these meetings is for teams to discuss NFL matters, some agents come here to talk player-based business with clubs. Agent Drew Rosenhaus, for example, is a constant presence in the lobby. He currently represents three Patriots players -- tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive end Jabaal Sheard and cornerback Chimdi Chekwa. As it turns out, while Rosenhaus is here in Arizona, Gronkowski is among a handful of players at Gillette Stadium on Monday.

2. One of the things we were looking forward to possibly hearing here at the meetings is an announcement of the Patriots' season-opening opponent. That type of announcement can sometimes be a catalyst to look ahead to 2015, but league spokesman Brian McCarthy said it's likely the league won't make any such announcement here. The reason is to give the league's schedule-maker some flexibility, and not get boxed in to an opening game before a good portion of the league's overall schedule is complete.

3. A notable announcement from a league perspective is that the NFL is eliminating television blackouts for 2015. That serves as a springboard to pass along this notable Patriots-based fact: The last New England television blackout was Dec. 26, 1993, against the Colts.