The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and has shown an ability to come through in the clutch as well.
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The Patriots replaced punter Zoltan Mestko with rookie Ryan Allen in 2013. Allen was near the league-average in most punting metrics during his first season. He did allow a league-high 12 touchbacks, and that’s an area he must improve upon in 2014.
Matthew Slater will return to captain the special teams units after a third consecutive pro-bowl season in 2013. After re-watching some games from last season, it’s remarkable at how often Slater finds himself around the ball-carrier on kickoffs and punts. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White »
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