// Stephen Gostkowski

The 2006 Patriots Draft Class: The Team’s Worst Ever? Part I

(Part I | Part II | Part III) On average, there are about 251-255 of the finest college football players that get drafted every April. Less than half of those players ever impact an NFL organization. Coming off a draft where the New England Patriots selected four talented skill position players, many thought that Bill […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: Special Teams

Often the most overlooked aspect of a football team, special teams plays a significant role in every offensive drive and defensive stand. They determine whether an offense must drive 80 yards or 10, and vice versa. Head coach Bill Belichick has been one to put heavy emphasis on this area.  He has been known in […]

Patriots Tender Mankins, Gostkowski and Woods

In an expected move, the Patriots tendered offers on OL Logan Mankins, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and linebacker Pierre Woods today. Here’s the explanation from ESPNBoston.com: By placing a tender on a restricted free agent, a team establishes the compensation it would receive if the player is signed to an offer sheet by another team and […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 18

Quarterback: B- If you told me Tom Brady had 42 attempts in a game, I’d tell you he easily threw for over 300 yards. And if you then told me he threw for 200 yards, I’d be surprised.  But 154 yards? On 42 attempts? You’re kidding, right? No, unfortunately not. This is what happened on […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 17

Quarterback: C I was tempted to cut Tom Brady some slack and give him an “Incomplete” on his report card this week, but the Patriots quarterback played most of the game on Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) in the second quarter, and on the Patriots’ last drive.  Brady’s stat line was […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Texans, Week 17

The Patriots will limp into the playoffs next weekend, after losing not only Sunday’s game to the Texans, but also losing their Pro Bowl receiver, Wes Welker. As you all know by now, Welker was lost on just the third offensive play of the game, as his left knee buckled in the Reliant Stadium turf. […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 15

Quarterback: C+ Statistically, Tom Brady had perhaps his worst game of the 2009 season. Brady completed 11 of 23 passes for 115 yards in the Patriots 17-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.  Brady also threw one touchdown to Randy Moss and one interception to Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny. Brady’s 13-yard touchdown pass to […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Panthers, Week 14

After a brief Week 13 hiatus, “PATS on the Back” is back in action this week. Frankly, after that 22-21 brutal loss down in Miami, did ANY Patriots player deserve ANY praise at all? Nah, I didn’t think so either. But this week, while it wasn’t a pretty 60 minutes of football, it was a […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 14

Quarterback: B Tom Brady completed 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards, and threw one touchdown and one interception against the Carolina Panthers.  Brady’s 192 yards marked his lowest passing output of the season, but the crafty veteran made plays when he had to.  His five-yard touchdown pass to Ben Watson midway through the third […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Dolphins, Week 9

The Patriots were able to fend off the Floridian Fish on Sunday, handing the Miami Dolphins their first divisional loss of the season and dropping them to 3-5 as the season reaches its halfway mark. New England’s performance wasn’t perfect, but it was enough to improve to 6-2 heading into next week’s huge matchup in […]

Patriots Sink Dolphins, 27-17

Sunday’s game against the AFC East division rival Miami Dolphins could not have started out more poorly, but the Patriots managed to pull it together late and take down the Fins by a final of 27-17. 1st Quarter Early in the first, the Patriots received the ball at their own 27-yard line, advanced the ball […]

Patriots Return to Foxboro for East Showdown

New England Patriots (5-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (3-4) Time: 1:00 p.m. EST Place: Foxboro, Massachusetts TV: CBS Radio: 98.5 FM – The Sports Hub Did everyone enjoy their last Sunday? Going outside for the first time in weeks to enjoy the beautiful fall days must have been nice. Well, now it’s time to get ready […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Jets, Week 2

The Patriots’ performance during Sunday’s frustrating 16-9 loss to the Jets makes this positive-outlook article all the more tougher to write. We are now through two weeks of the NFL’s regular season, and one could argue that New England is lucky just to be at 1-1. LUCKY, to be at 1-1. Can you imagine that? […]

Jets Fly Over Patriots 16-9

The clash of division rivals started out sort of interesting, with the Pats leading 3-0 after the first quarter and 9-3 at the half, but then the Jets came alive to win 16-9 in the end. The first quarter was a battle to see who could be the worst quarterback of the day. Sanchez made […]

Patriots 2009 Report Card: Week 1

It wasn’t pretty but, boy, was it sure exciting. Tom Brady’s magic worked once again as the Patriots came back from 11 points down with five minutes left to beat the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. Throughout the game, we saw a flash of what may be to come with both Ben Watson and Laurence Maroney, […]