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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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Johnson Bademosi returns to Patriots practice, Alan Branch still absent

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Johnson Bademosi returns to Patriots practice, Alan Branch still absent

FOXBORO — Johnson Bademosi is sick. Sick of missing practice!

The Patriots cornerback returned to the field Friday after being held out Thursday due to illness. That left Alan Branch as the only absence for Friday’s practice. 

Branch, who is dealing with a knee injury, has now missed three straight days of practice. That puts his status for Sunday’s game against the Steelers in doubt.
 

Britt's actions should speak louder than Belichick's words

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Britt's actions should speak louder than Belichick's words

FOXBORO -- The Patriots bought low on a high-end talent this week in landing Kenny Britt on a two-year deal. 

Yet while the physical 2009 first-round pick could become a real weapon for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick’s words Friday suggested he’s waiting to see how it goes. 

“We’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said. 

Here's the thing though: Britt is good. He's really good. He's better than Michael Floyd, a late-season pickup last season to whom Britt's been compared. Floyd's impact proved to be minimal, plus Floyd was dealing with a legal and personal issue coming off a DUI and subsequent release. Britt is coming off a personal issue in that he had to play for the Browns. 

Asked about Britt’s size, Belichick confirmed that the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Britt is now the biggest wide receiver on the Patriots’ roster. Really, he is by a wide margin. The next-biggest Patriots receiver is Chris Hogan at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. 

As for any impressions of Britt with the Pats, Belichick said “it’s only been a couple of days.” Britt will speak Friday afternoon. Word is he could have more to say than Belichick.