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Patriots fans ready to move on without Hernandez

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -

The rain couldn't keep thousands of faithful New England Patriots fans out of Foxborough on Friday for the first day of training camp.

"I couldn't wait for it. I love football," said Mark Keyworth of Bristol, Conn.

And that's what the team and its fans are focused on going forward. With former tight end Aaron Hernandez in court facing murder charges, fans said it's time to move on without him.

"They definitely have to protect their franchise and their brand but it's definitely unfortunate for the fans. I think it's a hard hit for us," said Haley Maddix of Gloucester, Mass.

"With his talent and everything he had going for him, how do you allow yourself to get put in a position like that? I don't know? It blew my mind," Keyworth said.

With or without Hernandez, fans are looking forward to another great season.

"We're going to be 19-0. We're going to win it all," said Bob DeLuca of Watertown, Mass.

The confidence is certainly high, and why not? The Patriots still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and historically have always been good at playing through distractions.

"You got to move on. Get rid of him. Move on. Next man up," DeLuca said.

"We have always said it. Since Belichick has been here, you can't question the guy. He always seems to get it done no matter what it is, no matter what the situation. And this is just another time that he's going to have to do it," Keyworth said.

It's a team-first attitude for everyone in Foxborough.

"I think that they can pull themselves together again, and get back to it," said Chris Dunn.

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