Gostkowski was named Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season in 2014

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. Nike Patriots #80 Danny Amendola Navy Blue Super Bowl LI 51 Men's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Jersey

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.

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Ryan Allen won the AFC player for the second time

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The New England Patriots announced that they have signed restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler and exclusive rights free agent TE Matt Lengel. Terms of the contracts were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released OL Tre’ Jackson.

They are contracts teams use to sign players who are not on NFL rosters to finish the prior season in order to get them under contract for the upcoming year. For the most part they are used for teams to lock up guys from their practice squad for the following season. They are technically reserve/futures contracts that don’t actually begin until the new league year – which is March 9 for the 2017 season. But sometimes they are used to bring in veterans early in the process who for whatever reason aren’t under contract with a team, as was the case for the Patriots in the past with Dion Lewis and, this year, tight end Rob Housler.

Bennett’s apparent departure (he’s yet to sign with another club as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday) leaves a bit of a void on New England’s tight end depth chart. The Patriots currently have Gronkowski and Rob Housler under contract. Housler signed a future contract last month, which takes effect starting at 4 p.m. today. But the Patriots reportedly sought to address Bennett’s impending departure by trading with Indianapolis for veteran Dwayne Allen.

Peterson’s nickname was derived from his time spent as a high school and college running back, first in Palestine, Texas and then at the University of Oklahoma. It refers directly to his one-time ability to play and to run the ball “all day” long, something he basically did pre-injuries while with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Still, even after his ACL and MCL reconstruction, Peterson was named the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, nearly topping Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark with 2097 yards on the ground, while averaging six yards per carry. He’s led the league in total rushing yards three times, and in average yards per game four times.

Lenmgel, 25, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals out of Eastern Kentucky on May 8, 2015. The 6-foot-7, 266-pounder, was released by Cincinnati on Sept. 5, 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Bengals practice squad. Lengel began the 2016 season with Cincinnati and was released at the end of training camp before being signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4, 2016. Lengel played in 37 games during his college career at Eastern Kentucky and registered 33 receptions for 361 yards.

“I actually didn’t get overwhelmed with that,” said tight end Matt Lengel, who’s appearing in his first Super Bowl. “I’m glad I didn’t have to say ‘no’ too many times.”
Some players, like running back LeGarrette Blount, leave such uncomfortable responsibilities to others in his family.

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The New England Patriots jersey announced today that they have signed TE Matt Lengel to the 53-man roster from the Cincinnati practice squad. Terms of the contract were not announced. Nike Patriots #21 Malcolm Butler Navy Blue Player Pullover NFL Hoodie

Ryan Allen has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots’ 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans last Thursday. It is the second time in Allen’s career that he has received an AFC Player of the Week Honor. He also won the award following his performance in a 2014 Week 14 win at the San Diego Chargers.

Allen punted seven times for 333 yards (47.6 average) and placed six of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line. He placed punts at the 11, 10, 10, 14, 5 and 4-yard lines while limiting the Texans to zero punt return yards. His only punt that did not land inside the 20 was downed at the 20-yard line. Ryan’s previous best was five punts inside the opponent 20-yard line on Oct. 6, 2013, at Cincinnati. Allen, whose longest punt covered 60 yards, and the Patriots’ coverage unit yielded only two punt returns for seven yards.

Most Sundays, Ryan Allen hits the field at Gillette Stadium, but on Saturday, Ryan got to see the game from another vantage point: the stands. Two football worlds collided for Ryan as his alma mater Louisiana Tech played UMass on the turf he now calls home in the NFL, and he wasn’t going to miss a chance to see his former team in action.

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