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ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Brantford native Nick Kaczur didn't wait long to get a chance to prove himself as worthy of a significant role with the Super Bowl champions. Playing under the spotlight of opening night, the New England Patriots rookie showed he likely has a promising future in his team's 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. Despite being listed as third on the depth chart at multiple positions on the offensive line, Kaczur was substituted in liberally by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, seeing time at both the left and right guard.

AL AND JOHN UNCUT

- A new Canadian carrier for ABC's Monday Night Football telecasts made for some blooper-reel material on the season opener Thursday. Techies at CITY-TV routinely missed their commercial cues leaving the raw ABC feed for all to hear, including a number of off-the-cuff, not-intended-for-broadcast remarks from Al Michaels.

GIANT KILLER?

- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner gets a chance to let the New York Giants know they made a mistake in releasing him after last season. But Warner, hardly the vengeful type, doesn't see it that way. "They had a young guy (Eli Manning) they wanted to get ready for the future," Warner said of the Giants, who travel to Phoenix tomorrow. "I knew that going in. I am happy to be here so let's just leave it at that."


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