FOXBORO -- Always the perfectionist, Patriots coach Bill Belichick assessed his team's performance following Thursday night's 47-12 blowout win over the Jaguars. 

"It's good to get started after a couple of weeks of practices, of course against ourselves. It's good to get out in the stadium and play. I thought there were some positive things tonight," Belichick said of his team, which was led by quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.

FOXBORO -- Playing without Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback combo of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett looked very sharp and rookie Stevan Ridley found the end zone three times as the Patriots crushed the Jaguars, 47-12, in their preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. 

A resting Brady watched in full uniform on the sideline as Hoyer directed two first half touchdown drives, completing 15-of-21 passes for 171 yards and an 11-yard TD pass to Taylor Price as the Patriots built a 19-9 halftime lead. Hoyer compilied a quarterback rating of 111.4

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about Albert Haynesworth, the reported signing of Logan Mankins to a six-year deal and the Patriots' preseason opener vs. the Jaguars. Mortensen was asked if he thought there would be a change in preseason philosophy with a shortened training camp.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress blasted Randy Moss in an interview with NFL.com on Thursday.

“We had good guys, by and large,” Childress said of his Vikings team in 2010, “[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”

Moss made a good first impression with Childress, but that did not last long.

The Patriots open their preseason schedule Thursday night at home against the Jaguars. There are a few trains of thought about Tom Brady and how much playing time he should receive. With the lockout-shortened offseason, the team might benefit more from seeing the new players in action. But Brady could take advantage of finding a rhythm with newcomers on the offense. Then again, no Patriots fan wants to see Brady get hurt before the season starts.

Fox NFL analyst and former coach Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, as the Patriots prepare for Thursday night's preseason opener vs. the Jaguars.

Billick said Patriots coach Bill Belichick did well in acquiring controversial players Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.

FOXBORO — Football has returned.



Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth have agreed to redo their contracts, according to NFLPA documents.

The Patriots and offensive lineman Logan Mankins have agreed to a six-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

FOXBORO -- An emotional Robert Kraft met with the media on the field at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, remembering his late wife Myra as "the real deal" and discussing the future of the Patriots.