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The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss reports that Tom Brady's focus was disrupted by the Patriots happenings with his friend and go-to pass catcher, Deion Branch. Brady was 11 of 23 for 163 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the opening 19-17 win over the Bills. Now that Branch has moved on to Seattle, Brady hopes to return his focus to the upcoming game beginning with the Jets.

The Boston Herald's John Tomase also reports on Brady's feelings of distraction. Branch's departure lifted them and Brady hopes to have learned his lesson.

The Providence Journal's Shalise Manza-Young also reports on Brady's press conference, and Hartford Courant writer Alan Greenberg takes a look at "the Branch situation's" impact on the team.

Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe also reports that Tedy Bruschi attended his third practice in a row yesterday. The defensive co-captain and master of morale has been out since training camp with a broken wrist.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald* *reports that the Patriots players hope to leave the turmoil stirred up by Branch's departure behind. Tomase suggests that this player hangover is the worst one yet for the Patriots.

Boston Herald* *writer Steve Buckley reports on the coaching matchup pitting Belichick against Mangini. The two coached together for a number of years at different points beginning in '95. Mangini is something of a Belichick protege, though he's worked with some of Belichick's mentors as well, including Bill Parcells and Ted Marchibroda.

The Providence Journal's Shalise Manza-Young reports on the coaching matchup as well.

Patriots special teams stand-out and goal-line defender Don Davis made an increadible stop in Sunday's game, halting Willis McGahee in his tracks. Boston Herald* *writer Albert Breer reports on the play noting that the Patriots had little practice in the goal-line package during the preseason.

Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been preparing for the team's shift to a 3-4 base package by studying Tedy Bruschi's play. The Boston Herald's John Tomase reports.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette* *writer Rich Garven offers an interview with Rosevelt Colvin in which Colvin discusses Branch. "You want to sit around and moan and groan and gripe? It's not going to be a good experience when you get on the field because you're going to get your head beat in. So I think the best thing we can do is to move forward," said Colvin.

Glen Farley of The Enterprise* *offers an interveiw with seldom-heard wideout Reche Caldwell, who is in position to become a major contributor to the Patriots passing game.

Mark Farinella offers the Sun Chronicle's Patriots Notebook, which includes stories on the Patriots personel and Sunday's Jets matchup at the Meadowlands.

The Eagle-Tribune's Bill Burt does his best to answer 10 questions you probably have about Branch's holdout and subsequent departure.

Michael Parenti of the Woonsicket Call reports on Mangini, who's "been the young guy for a long time." Mangini is the youngest head coach in the NFL.

Check the Globe's blog, Reiss' Pieces for up to date postings.

The Patriot Ledger's* *Eric McHugh offers analysis of the Patriots season opener against the Bills.

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