INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick hits from the combine, Day 2 edition:
1. Patriots will take a pass on meeting with non-team affiliated media. Word from the team is that head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio will not be holding any formal media availability here at the combine. It is not required by the NFL and the Patriots are one of five teams to decline. Non-team affiliated media outlets here at the combine covering the Patriots include the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Comcast SportsNet, WEEI.com, Springfield Republican and ESPNBoston.com. Our guess as to Belichick's thinking at this time: How does this help the team? He'd probably be peppered with questions about cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and tight end Rob Gronkowski, which is something he'd prefer to avoid.
2. Agents meeting today. As is the norm, most of the NFL Players Association's certified agents are in town for an annual meeting. This is often a time when representatives meet with the team regarding their NFL clients, which we view as more standard operating procedure than anything else. We headed over to the agents' meeting and touched base with a few of those who have notable free agents from the Patriots, and the sense we received was that nothing was imminent. "It's early right now," said one agent with a Patriots player scheduled to hit the open market.
3. Tight ends as the 'queen on the chessboard.' Falcons head coach Mike Smith held a news conference this morning, and made a notable comparison between football and chess in calling the tight end position the "queen" piece for any team. Smith's point was that you can move the queen all over the board. The Patriots might be the No. 1 team in the NFL in terms of that being the case, with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez at the position.