Sunday 7: Lawrence Guy’s house was place to be on Thanksgiving

Ryan Hannable
December 01, 2019 - 6:00 am

1. As Bill Belichick says, Thanksgiving is about football, family and food. But, for some Patriots players they don’t have family in New England and that is where defensive tackle Lawrence Guy comes in. Continuing with tradition, Guy and his wife, Andrea, opened their home to any member of the Patriots that wanted a place to go Thursday following practice in the morning. “It went great,” Guy said. “There was a good turnout. It shows the brotherhood on the field, but it truly shows the brotherhood off the field because it is what we’re truly known to be about — to be united. We do it on the field and off the field. That is best thing about it.” Guy said his wife did all the cooking except for the turkey, as that was his job. He made two kinds — fried and smoked. “My wife’s food was amazing, but even if it wasn’t good, it is the company that you have on that day that is truly a blessing,” said Guy. The defensive tackle said roughly 10 Patriots came over at various points of the day and all the food was gone by the end of the night.

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2. The Patriots will be using their fourth place kicker this season with Kai Forbath Sunday night against Houston. First, Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve and Mike Nugent replaced him. After a few weeks Nick Folk replaced Nugent and then after needing an appendectomy Thursday, Forbath was signed Friday. Speaking Friday, punter/holder Jake Bailey explained how helpful long-snapper Joe Cardona and even Gostkowski have been with all the moving pieces this season. “I can’t say enough good things about Joe,” Bailey said. “And Steve’s been around, too, to help me out with all that stuff. I’ve got a lot of good specialist leaders in this room — along with Matt Slater and a bunch of the other guys — and they’re just helping me stay comfortable and stay calm. If anything, they’re just helping me out in practice. That’s where we get all of our mental and physical reps for the week, and that’s where we build confidence.”

3. Relating to the Patriots kicker situation, it could just be a one-game stint for Forbath. Even though Folk was released to make room for him, he still had a locker in the Patriots locker room on Friday and he reportedly is expected to be ready to kick next week since the surgery was laparoscopic (minimally invasive). Folk has been decent in his three games with the team, as his two misses were from 40-plus yards in miserable conditions against Cowboys. The biggest thing is there is confidence he can make kicks from beyond 40 yards, which was not the case with Nugent.

4. How unusual was the sickness going around the Patriots locker room this week? Devin McCourty has been in the league for 10 years and he had never seen eight players miss a practice, like Wednesday, due to illness. “This is probably, for me in my 10 years here, this is probably the most guys I’ve seen just be gone with being sick,” he said. “No injury or anything, we just had guys that came in and you look in their eyes and you could tell they were just out of it.”

5. Julian Edelman is a big Star Wars fan and he made that known when asked a question Friday about how he’s mentoring some of the young Patriots wide receivers. “I don’t think Yoda would go out there and tell his secrets of how he trains Jedis,” Edelman said. “So I’m not saying anything, buddy.” Edelman has played through a number of injuries this season, including a shoulder injury the last few weeks. Still, he’s played in all 11 games and is on pace for 111 catches and 1,177 yards this season. Both would be career-highs.

6. The Patriots are still 25th in the NFL in terms of red-zone scoring, converting touchdowns on 47.8 percent of their trips. Last week, rookie N’Keal Harry caught his first NFL touchdown on a back-shoulder play from the 10-yard line and he could be a player that Tom Brady looks to near the goal-line. It doesn’t need to be just back-shoulder throws, either, as with his 6-foot-4 frame, Harry has the ability to go up and make contested catches.

7. The Patriots will continue their difficult part of the schedule next week by hosting the Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. Kansas City is coming off its bye and will host the Raiders on Sunday. At 7-4 and the Raiders being 6-5, this is a very important game for the AFC West and really every game the rest of the year is big for Kansas City. Specific to next week, the Chiefs will likely have some revenge on their minds for the two losses the Patriots handed them last season, including the AFC title game. After that game, the Patriots will be able to breathe a bit with a trip to Cincinnati in Week 15.

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