Tag:Stephen Gostkowski
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:08 am

Stephen Gostkowski working his way back

Posted by Andy Benoit

When Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski went on injured reserve with a quad injury last year, many fans probably thought, Oh, quad problem, no big deal, except for a kicker it means IR.S. Gostkowski (US Presswire)

But Gostkowski’s injury was very, very serious. He tore the quadriceps muscle right off the bone of his kicking leg. (Think about that for a moment…or take a moment to specifically try NOT to think about that.)

The injury sent Gostkowski to the operating table and, presumably, his career into the ethers of question mark land. Now three months removed from surgery, Gostkowski gave Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald and update on his status.

“The rehab has been going well. I’ve been doing what (the trainers) say, and taking it step by step,’’ he said. “When I start kicking again, it’s (going to be) a feel kind of thing. But they’re confident I should feel no effects here in a little while and I should be ready to go.’’

And when, exactly, will he start kicking again?

“There’s no real time frame as far as actual kicking a ball. I’ll kick a soccer ball around just to feel the load on my leg,’’ Gostkowski said. “But to when I start my normal season procedures, I have no idea, because I’m in their hands and doing what they tell me to do. Right now, if I feel like I could go out and kick 100 field goals, it might not be what they feel is best for me. So I just hand it over to the people who know a lot more than me, and do what they say.’’

Those people are the Patriots trainers – and they won’t be working with the 27-year-old Pro Bowler if (when?) there’s a lockout. But it’s a safe guess that Gostkowski, who signed a four-year, $14 million extension last year, will have access to other sound medical advisors.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:50 pm

Graham's signing makes it official

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots have signed K Shayne Graham to replace the injured Stephen Gostkowski.

You’ll recall that Graham had a mostly quality seven seasons with the Bengals, but he became known for missing biO'Brien g kicks and subsequently was not re-signed after last season.

He was thought to have a leg up on the Ravens job in the preseason, but instead, Billy Cundiff beat him out for the job. Then, he signed with the Giants for a week earlier this year and kicked four field goals before they released him.

Now, he’ll be a temporary fill-in for New England.

And you know what this means, right? Graham’s signing officially makes this the best 24 hours for redheads EVER!!!
Think about it:

Graham gets a couple weeks of salary.

Jason Garrett gets the Cowboys interim job after owner Jerry Jones fired Wade Phillips.

Conan O’Brien debuts on TBS.

What a wonderful day to be a ginger.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:16 am

Hot Routes 11.9.10: Did Freeney quit?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Eagles TE Brent Celek said Philadelphia’s offense made Colts DE Dwight Freeney quit during their game Sunday afternoon. Said Celek: When we were chipping and blocking Freeney, it was getting to the point where he was ready to give up on the field. He was so frustrated and mad.

- Next up on Eric Mangini’s hit list after knocking off former boss Bill Belichick last week: the Jets, the team that fired him two years ago.

-`And speaking of New York-Cleveland, Braylon Edwards is already talking smack to Browns fans about returning to Cleveland this weekend with the Jets. 

- Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski likely will miss the next two games. No worries. They’ve got Wes Welker, after all. Just kidding. They’ll sign another kicker sometime this week.

- And speaking of kickers, Jets PK Nick Folk = Donovan McNabb.

- The no-huddle offense worked wonders for the Vikings on Sunday. Maybe they should consider doing that more often.

- Somebody out there is a pretty big Jacksonville Jaguars fan. And she’s pretty hardcore.

- I had no idea, but apparently, Kurt Warner is still alive on “Dancing With the Stars.”

- A StarCaps update for you. The Supreme Court will not be taking a look at the case.

- Ray Rice probably shouldn’t be boasting about the way he gets out of speeding tickets.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 3:57 pm

Welker handles kickoff and XP duties Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Just how weird and awkward did things get for the Patriots during a blowout against the Browns on Sunday? Well, Josh chronicled a lot of the nightmares earlier, but things got weirder in the second half, as Wes Welker was pressed in kicking duties with Stephen Gostkowski injured.

(Somewhat ironic aside: I grew up with the guy who kicked for Texas Tech while Welker played there.) Anyway, here he is, kicking an extra point:

And here's Welker handling the kickoff duties; neither was particular effective, but certainly successful, all things considered:

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Report: Pats extend kicker Gostkowski

Posted by Will Brinson

Stephen Gostkowski, the fifth-year kicker who replaced Adam Vinatieri, and the New England Patriots have reached an agreement on an extension, according to reports.

The Boston Herald 's Ian Rapoport reports that the Gostkowski, who signed a one-year tender this offseason as a restricted free agent that paid him $1.79 million, and the Patriots have reached a four-year extension.

He will now be significantly more compensated now -- according to Rapoport's report, he'll make about $3.5 million a year through 2014, with $5 million in guaranteed money on a deal that begins after 2010.

That's a chunk of change, but the Pats' kicker has proven worthy of being a highly paid kicker, having only missed 18 field goals over the course of his career. And considering that Sebastian Janikowski makes $16 million over four years ($9 guaranteed), that's pretty good value for the Pats.

For those particularly inclined to judge his accuracy (like me!), he's 30/33 from inside 30 yards, 31/35 from 31-39 yards, 14/20 from 40-49 yards and 2/2 from 50 yards and longer. He also has the fifth-highest field goal percentage in NFL history (Vinatieri is 12th).

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 3:58 pm

Positional rankings: kickers

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, this time taking a look at the top five kickers in the NFL.

D. Akers, the one kicker we agree on (Getty) Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders

4. Matt Prater, Broncos

3. David Akers, Eagles

2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

1. Nate Kaeding, Chargers

Kickers might get less respect from fans than other position players, but hardly anybody shares the same kind of glory as a kicker after nailing a 52-yard game winner, and hardly anybody can feel the jeers after missing an easy 31-yarder that caused his team to lose.

With that, we start with Kaeding. A little bit of the shine is off him because of the three missed field goals in the 17-14 playoff loss to the Jets last year. But he’s still the most accurate kicker in NFL history (87.2 percent coming into this season). Gostkowski took over for former Patriots K Adam Vinatieri, and he made people instantly forget how good Vinatieri was for New England. Need proof? Check out this Facebook group (ignore the fact there are only 45 members).

You might be averse to 12-year veteran Akers, because people still remember his slump from 2005-07. But last year, he had one of the best seasons of his career and was the best kicker in the league. Prater has bounced around the league a bit, but he found his footing last year. You might not like my Janikowski pick. But he’s got one of the league’s strongest legs and he’s coming off the most accurate season of his career.

Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Olindo Mare, Seahawks

4. Rian Lindell, Bills

3. David Akers, Eagles

2. Ryan Longwell, Vikings

1. Rob Bironas, Titans

Regarding Kaeding being the “most accurate kicker in NFL history”, is it me or have there been about 10 different “most accurate kickers in NFL history” this era? Anyway, I can’t put Kaeding on the list for the same reason you shouldn’t.

Many people forget that Janikowski was a first-round draft pick. In that sense, he has been an underachiever. Gostkowski doesn’t have enough pressure kicks to his name yet. My first memory of Prater is when he admitted to a lack of confidence in 2008. Maybe he got his confidence back in ’09, but I will need at least three years to shake that first memory.

As for the guys on my list, I went with experience. Mare is a booming kickoff specialist - plus he made his last 21 field goals in ’09. Lindell is consistent even in the Buffalo wind (I know, I’m re-using my Brian Moorman analysis). Akers doesn’t quite have the range he once had, but he’s still reliable under pressure. Longwell was 26/28 last year. Bironas is the best long distance kicker in the game (5/6 from 50+ yards last season, range up to 60 yards).

Josh’s rebuttal

It’s surprising that we only have one kicker who made both of our lists. I thought about putting Bironas on my list, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Lindell might be consistent, but he was pretty crappy from outside 40 yards last year (58.3 percent). Could be a fluke, I suppose, because he’s normally better than that from long range. Mare has been pretty up and down in his career, but he is coming off two fantastic seasons, so I can see your point there. Even though our lists are almost completely different, it’s hard to get too worked up about it. I like my list. I like your list. Everybody’s happy.

Andy’s final word

To me, recognizing a great kicker is like recognizing a great free throw shooter. How nervous are you when a kicker lines up to attempt a game-winning field goal against your team? In a casual, unofficial way, that gives you some indication of how great a kicker is (or how great you think he is).

(Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter )

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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