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Kyle Van Noy pleased with extension, disappointed in season opener

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Kyle Van Noy pleased with extension, disappointed in season opener

FOXBORO -- How was film study for the Patriots defense after allowing 42 points to the Chiefs? 

“What do you think?” Kyle Van Noy asked back Friday.

“Not fun, but good coaching points,” he continued. “I think we can all learn from it. There’s not one person in the defensive meeting room that thought they played well. Everyone holds themselves to a high standard here.”

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Friday was a mixed bag for Van Noy. Acquired mid-season last year as part of a swap of late-round picks with the Lions, the 26-year-old linebacker finalized a two-year contract extension with the Pats Friday. Though he gushed about the opportunity to stay with the team this season, the main focus throughout Gillette Stadium was getting past a rough defensive performance that saw the Patriots give up more points and yards (537) than they ever had under Bill Belichick.  

“I take my one day to be mad about a loss and that’s today, so I’m not very happy about how I played and I’m not happy about who the defense played, or as the team, we’re better than how we played,” Van Noy said. “I think it will show the next time we play. We’re going to come together. This is going to bring us closer and we’ll be good to go.”

Linebacker play was just one of the issues for the Pats as Alex Smith and Co. lit up the defense. The group was a mess in the passing game (Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns with no picks) and running game (Kareem Hunt ran for 148 yards and added three total touchdowns in his NFL debut). 

Smith and Hunt weren’t exactly perceived as potential game-breakers heading into Thursday’s game, so as the team takes extra time to prepare for the Saints, they’ll do so knowing they have another capable group awaiting them in Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and, to a degree, the ghost of Adrian Peterson. 

Nobody saw the Patriots starting off the season with a loss. They’ll need to perform better against Brees on the road to avoid 0-2. Asked what the team aims to do to remedy Thursday’s game, Van Noy was once again blunt. 

“Win,” he replied. “Win. It’s win or lose. It’s black or white. We didn’t play well as a defense [we’re] frustrated with how we played. We’re going to take this weekend to heal up and get back to work.”  

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”