Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, put off your work (just keep an eye out for the boss), and get your early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- Do you think you’ve got what it takes to beat Chad Ochocinco in fantasy football? Ochocinco doesn’t! Find out HERE how you can challenge him in fantasy football. Ocho’s challenging not only fans, but Mike Vick as well. He challenged Vick on Twitter to a game of Madden, with the loser forking over the first game check of the season to the charity of the winner’s choice.
- How far do you think the Patriots will go this season? Vote in the site poll HERE.
- Albert Haynesworth returned to practice yesterday and was in full pads with the team. Is it a coincidence that it is the day after his trial and when open practices are officially over?
- Check out video of Bill Belichick’s press conference yesterday HERE or read the transcript HERE. In it, he touches on kickoffs, the Lions, some injuries on the team, and Haynesworth among other topics. One highlight, about 7:15 into the video clip, Belichick discusses how he implements a new play with the players.
- ESPN Boston passes along highlights of locker room Q&A with new defensive lineman Shaun Ellis. The article includes video of that chat.
- Jerod Mayo is hoping that he makes the team this year.
- Christopher Price of WEEI.com discusses the “heat” being brought on by the new-look defense in New England.