The New England Patriots announced that they are utilizing the franchise designation on kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
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There’s word that New England is taking a look at a developmental kicker who didn’t play college football, but has some experience on the gridiron. I’d be stunned, though, if incumbent veteran Stephen Gostkowski’s job were in jeopardy. Yes, he had one of his least impressive performances last season, but overall, he’s still a great kicker. I’m willing to wager that whatever plagued him in 2016 has been rectified and he’ll respond with a strong 2017.
The New England Patriots announced today that Stephen Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Patriots Week 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Another newcomer to watch might provide a challenge to kicker Stephen Gostkowski, according to an ESPN story today. Apparently, the Patriots are considering looking into a younger kicker who didn’t play college football, but briefly played professional soccer in Europe.
The Patriots issued the following statement on the use of the franchise tag: “Stephen has been extremely productive and a vital component to our success since joining our team in 2006. Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal.”
Gostkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season in 2014 and for the third time overall since joining the team as a fourth-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Memphis. He led the NFL in 2014 with 156 total points. Gostkowski also led the NFL in points in 2008, 2012 and 2013, becoming just the third player to lead the NFL in points in at least four seasons. He has connected on 86.8 percent of his regular-season field goal attempts since entering the NFL (243-of-280), the best field goal percentage in Patriots history.
Gostkowski became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer in the win vs. Miami on Dec. 14 and now has 1,179 career points. He was 35-of-37 on field goals in 2014 for a 94.6 field goal percentage, the highest field goal percentage in a single season for the Patriots.
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We all know the Patriots kicker has a flare for the dramatics on the field with reliable foot and clutch field goals, but Stephen Gostkowski has been practicing a new kind of theatrics this offseason. According to NFL.com, the Patriots utilized their franchise tag before the deadline this afternoon by placing it on kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
The Associated Press announced its annual All-Pro team on Friday and the Patriots were one of five teams with two players selected. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Stephen Gostkowski game jersey were the New England players who made the first team.
Stephen Gostkwoski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Patriots’ 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. It is the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He earned the award for the first time in 2016 following his performance in the Patriots’ Week 1 at Arizona. Gostkowski has also been named Special Teams Player of the Month three times – October 2008, October 2009 and September 2015.
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Gostkowski was 4-for-4 on field goals in the win over the Rams, including three field goals of 40 or more yards (48, 45 and 45). It marked the third time in his career that has mas been successful on three field goals of 40 or more yards in a single game. He also made three kicks of 40 or more yards vs. Arizona on Sept. 16, 2012, and most recently at Buffalo on Oct. 12, 2014. It is the 11th time in his career he has made four or more kicks in a single game.
Nate Solder is known around the NFL as being a role model in the community. From his volunteer efforts to he and his wife Lexi’s willingness to share their family’s battles, the Solder family is seen for their kindness and perseverance.
Not unlike current left tackle Nate Solder, McDermott began his college career as what he called “a skinny tight end” weighing around 235 pounds. He revealed to reporters on a conference call that he now hovers around 315 pounds, and, like Solder, was once a stellar schoolboy basketball player. So, too, should the return of left tackle Nate Solder.
For his devotion to helping others and the inspiring strength he shows in tackling obstacles both on and off the field, Nate Solder has been named the New England Patriots 2016 Ed Block Courage Award winner, the team announced today.