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Former Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is confident he can bounce back in 2020 and is eager to sign with a team for the upcoming season.
Gostkowski was a member of the Patriots for a whopping 14 seasons. He started his career back in 2006 as a fourth-round pick out of Memphis. Gostkowski told Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston that “I feel good. I’m starting to feel better,” after missing most of the 2019 campaign with a hip injury. If he’s able to take and pass a physical, It’s likely that he’s kicking for a team this upcoming season given his track record in the NFL, converting on 87.4% of his field goal attempts in his career.
The Boston Globe reports the Patriots are releasing kicker Stephen Gostkowski today.
It was reported last month that this move could be coming. Gostkowski, 36, converted just 11-of-15 PATs and 7-of-8 field goals in four games before getting injured last year. He then underwent hip surgery. New England is saving $3.5 million by releasing their longtime placekicker.
Stephen Gostkowski is at risk of losing his roster spot with the Patriots, according to NESN.
While Gostkowski is a household name as a kicker, this news isn't extremely surprising given he turned 36 in January, is coming off hip surgery, and wasn't great before landing on IR with the injury to start the 2019 season. We should at least expect the Patriots to bring in some competition this summer if Gostkowski remains with the team, but New England could also save $3.5 million in cap space if they cut the veteran kicker.
Stephen Gostkowski was placed on the injured reserve by the Patriots Wednesday. He will require season-ending surgery to address a left hip injury.
Gostkowski was placed on the injured reserve Wednesday by the Patriots due to a left hip injury. He has struggled with PATs this season, which could have been due to this injury. Gostkowski should be ready for the 2020 season. The Patriots will look to add a kicker to the 53-man roster shortly.
Stephen Gostkowski converted one of his two extra point attempts and his only field goal attempt in the Patriots' Week 4 win over the Bills.
Gostkowski has struggled so far in 2019 with a few misses already to his name on the season. The Patriots should score enough points to allow him chances to make up for it, but it's at the point where owners can be worried and should not be faulted for moving on if another option is available. Next week's matchup with the Redskins should bring plenty of scoring, though.
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