Believe it or not, the model of consistency for the New England Patriots during the past decade has been their kicker.
Stephen Gostkowski has missed only 8 field goal attempts in the past three seasons combined. But, he’s shown a chink in his formerly impenetrable armor this season. Gostkowski has missed 3 of his 10 field goal attempts this season and that has some people concerned. Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t one of them.
"Just work on techniques and consistency.. Steve's one of hardest workers and one of most respected players on our team" BB on Gostkowski
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) October 10, 2016
In other words, the Patriots certainly aren’t considering a change at kicker, and rightfully so. Gostkowski remains one of the league’s best kickers and has converted at least 91.7 percent of his attempts in each of the past three seasons. The 32-year-old might not be a youngster anymore, but that doesn’t mean too much for a kicker. Just look at the guy Gostkowski replaced, Adam Vinatieri. He is 13 of 13 on field goals this season at 42 years old.
There’s no need for panic just yet, especially because New England’s offense should score plenty of touchdowns with Tom Brady back at the helm.