PHOENIX -- A recap of some of the notable stories surrounding the New England Patriots at Super Bowl XLIX on Wednesday:
Stork making progress at practice. Starting center Bryan Stork, who injured his right knee in the divisional-round win over the Ravens, continues to make progress. He "practiced without any apparent setback", according to pool reporter Jarrett Bell. Wednesday marked the Patriots' first practice since arriving in Arizona on Monday.
Catching up with an old friend. With the Patriots practicing at the Arizona Cardinals' home facility, it was a chance to once again work with Matt Caracciolo. New England's director of football operations from 2006-2011, Caracciolo is now the Cardinals' football operations coordinator. "[We have] a good working relationship with him," coach Bill Belichick said.
McDaniels on ineligible receivers. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels touched on the team's usage of ineligible receivers and how it wasn't used with a fast tempo, so defenses had a chance to match it. That runs counter to the opinion of others, such as Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Some media fatigue setting in. After meeting with reporters once again on Wednesday morning, and the session running for 45 minutes, linebacker Dont'a Hightower said, "I’ve been seeing more of y’all (reporters) and less of coaches, so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.” The media blitz will continue on Thursday.
Families set to arrive. Many of the players' and coaches' families are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, which adds a layer of excitement to the trip.