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Bill Belichick not concerned with Stephen Gostkowski's recent struggles

Ryan Hannable
December 13, 2018 - 1:52 pm

FOXBORO -- It hasn't been the greatest last two weeks for Stephen Gostkowski.

Against Miami last Sunday, he missed an extra point and a 42-yard field goal, which came after missing a 48-yarder against the Vikings the week prior at Gillette Stadium. Before that kick, he had made a career-long 33 straight kicks from under 50 yards.

Speaking Wednesday, Bill Belichick backed his kicker and didn't seem concerned in the least.

"Steve’s kicked in the league a long time," he said. "There’s a lot of aspects to kicking. There are three people involved, not just one. It’s not like a kickoff where you just put the ball on the tee. So, just collectively, we’ve got to – obviously, the expectations are high, and hopefully we’ll be able to convert on all of our scoring opportunities. That’s the goal. But, nobody takes it more seriously than Steve does. So, I have a lot of confidence in him."

For the season, Gostkowski is ranked 25th when it comes to actual percentage (83 percent), but he's been much better than that. Overall, he's 24-for-29 on field goal attempts and 40-for-41 on extra points. Of the field goal misses, they have all been of at least 40 yards.

Gostkowski, 34, is a free agent after the season, but given how dependable he's been over the years it would seem the Patriots would like to have him return.

For as much criticism as Gostkowski gets, take a look at other teams' kicker situation, you'll feel a lot better about what the Patriots have.

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