Friday's New England Patriots Links 8/12

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August 12, 2011 at 10:17am ET

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The Patriots kicked off their season last night with a preseason match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and came away with an impressive 47-12 win.

There's plenty of good stuff this morning, so here are today's top media stories.

Juliet Pennington of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that football is here, and all is well following New England's return to the field at Gillette Stadium last night.

Chris Forseberg of has  a good feature on Dane Fletcher, who he writes has come a long way since joining the team as an undrafted free agent.

Shalise Manza Young writes that the team was already in high gear during last night's win, and Tom Brady and Chad Ochocinco weren't even on the field.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe has his "On Football" column this morning, and writes that the 16 scouts from other teams that were there last night only got a small glimpse of what New England's defensive plans for this season are.

Mike Reiss of talks about the new replay rules, which definitely slowed down the game a bit last night.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that Bill Belichick was smart to keep Brady out of last night's game.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle focuses on back up quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, who he writes both shined last night.

Mike Rodak of writes that Hoyer made the most of his opportunity last night.

Farinella also takes a look at the rest of the backups, and writes that the Patriots JV's were better than Jacksonville's.

Glen Farley of the Enterprise news writes that all the "no names" performed well last night.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes that fans should be intrigued since there were some new faces that shined during last night's win. has game notes from last night here. also has some postgame quotes from last night's game via this link.

They also have the press conference transcript from Jacksonville rookie QB Blaine Gabbert as well as head coach Jack Del Rio's which can be found here.

Nick Underhill of has an entry on Belichick's press conference after the game, where the coach explained why he kept the starters out.

Jennifer Toland has an article this morning on Patrick Chung, who so far has pleased Belichick so far during camp.

Rich Garven of the Telegram also has notes from last night game, which also focuses on Stevan Ridley's performance from last night.

Tom Curran of CSNNE has a look at last night's game, and writes that the team is already well ahead of the competition after their performance in their win over Jacksonville.

Curran also has an article on Taylor Price, who showed the progress he's made during his performance last night.

Mike Reiss also has an article on Price, who he writes is determined to climb the depth chart this season.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes that Price is focused on trying to produce and improve in his second season.

Mary Paoletti of writes that the secondary still needs some work after last night's game.

Christopher Price of has his "10 Things We Learned From Last Night", and was pleased with what he saw from Hoyer, among other topics. has this video from last night's halftime tribute with former players talking about Myra Kraft and what she meant to the team.  If you missed it, be sure and check it out.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe has her notebook this morning, which focuses on Logan Mankins - who is now the highest paid interior lineman in the NFL.

Hector Longo of the Eagle Tribune has an article focusing on local player Buddy Farnham, who made plays on both sides of the ball, including making an interception.

Chris Forseberg also has this article on Farnham, and this one on Solder.

Longo also has an article on rookie Nate Solder, who played well last night.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have a few more updates coming in just a bit.