Patriots’ K Stephen Gostkowski Closes In On Record, Bill Belichick Praises Vinatieri


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Kicker Stephen Gostkowski closes on Patriots’ point record

From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston

"“It’s a product of being on a good team,” Gostkowski said, when asked about the pride he has in his point total, adding that he’s unaware of any records until they are pointed out to him. “As a specialist, you’re only as good as the opportunities you’re given. Part of being a kicker is being ready for when your name is called, and being ready at all times for making a big kick, or kicking a lot of kicks, or kicking in adverse conditions. You never really know what you’re going to get.”"

Patrick Chung providing valuable versatility in second stint with New England Patriots

From Kevin Duffy of Mass Live

On Chung:

"“His consistency has been huge for us,” McCourty said. “A lot of times he’s down by the line of scrimmage helping in the run game. With (Jerod) Mayo going down and having (Don’ta) Hightower not playing (against Cincinnati and Buffalo), I think his consistency is big for us, just keeping everything moving up there and being one of those guys in the lineup each week that you know you can count on.”"

Tom Brady describes why he changed his ‘fast and loose’ lifestyle

From Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald

"“The 25-year-old Tom Brady had a great time,” Brady told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning. “I probably wouldn’t change much from those days. It was a different time than it is now because there’s so much attention now. I don’t know how these young players do it. I was kind of fast and loose back then. I was still a responsible person. I’ve always had certain responsibilities that I’ve always felt, but I’d say more so now. When you have obviously a wife and kids, your life transitions into other things, so it’s simplified in a lot of ways. Now it’s just football and it’s being with my family, and that’s the most important stuff. I wouldn’t change anything when I was 25. I wish it would have lasted a little longer.”"

Bill Belichick: No end in sight for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri

From Lee Schechter of ESPN Boston

"“Right now, I don’t think anybody is kicking better than he is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his Tuesday news conference. “There are a lot of guys kicking good, but I don’t think there anybody is kicking any better.”"