Wake-up call: Media Day beckons

January, 31, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A look at what's ahead today for the Patriots:

Media Day at 10 a.m. The Patriots will take part in "Media Day" festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium, with a 10 a.m. start. This year's Media Day could have a different feel as several thousand fans will also be in attendance. The team is not scheduled to practice, so Tuesday will be the last day off before Super Bowl XLVI. Many players enjoyed the down time late Monday night, dining in downtown Indianapolis. The Giants' Media Day is scheduled for noon.

All eyes on Gronkowski. With the lone availability for reporters at Media Day, and every player and coach made available to the press, this should be the first time that tight end Rob Gronkowski speaks with media members since sustaining a left high ankle sprain. Gronkowski was spotted wearing a boot on the foot after the AFC Championship as well as when he got off the Patriots' charter flight in Indianapolis.

Other storylines to watch. Assistant coaches aren't often made available to reporters in New England, so this is a chance to talk to them about their role with the team, among other things. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, in particular, figures to be a popular target. Also, big crowds are likely for offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and offensive assistant Josh McDaniels. ... A chance to check in with injured right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. ... In this type of environment, Chad Ochocinco also bears watching.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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