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The Place Kicker for the New England Patriots Stephen Gostkowski Scheduled to have Season Ending Surgery

Introduction

Then New England Patriots just found out they lost their place kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, for the remainder of the season. Apparently, he has been scheduled for surgery on his left hip. Losing your kicker doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it does have drastic implications on games especially late on in the season.

Gostkowski is the Patriots’ all time leader in points scored as well as field goals made. Football is a game of inches. Sometimes it takes a kicker to put you ahead at the very end of the game when you really need him to come through for the victory.

The player has been the kicker for the New England Patriots since 2006, and now they have to rely on someone else to fill his void as they will most likely win their division and make the NFL playoffs once again.

After a bunch of workouts, the New England team has narrowed their search down to 32-year-old Kai Forbath and 37 year old Mike Nugent as of now. Tom Brady better be ready to put one of his last seasons in the hands of an unproven place kicker. Elliot Fry, Blair Walsh, and Matthew Wright also auditioned for the job of being the place kicker for the Patriots.

Gostkowski’s Career NFL Statistics

 Games   
 
 0-19   
 
 20-29   
 
 30-39   
 
 40-49   
 
 50+   
 
 Scoring   
 
 
 
 Scoring   
 
 
 
 
 
 Punting   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Year   Age   Tm   Pos   No.   G   GS   FGA   FGM   FGA   FGM   FGA   FGM   FGA   FGM   FGA   FGM   FGA   FGM   Lng   FG%   XPA   XPM   XP%   AV 
 2006   22   NWE   K   3   16   0           11   10   10   7   4   2   1   1   26   20   52   76.90%   44   43   97.70%   2 
 2007   23   NWE   K   3   16   0           10   10   9   8   5   3           24   21   45   87.50%   74   74   100.00%   3 
 2008*+   24   NWE   K   3   16   0           11   9   17   17   11   9   1   1   40   36   50   90.00%   40   40   100.00%   4 
 2009   25   NWE   K   3   16   0           7   7   13   12   8   5   3   2   31   26   53   83.90%   47   47   100.00%   4 
 2010   26   NWE   K   3   8   0           2   2   7   6   3   2   1       13   10   43   76.90%   26   26   100.00%   1 
 2011   27   NWE   K   3   16   0   1   1   13   12   6   5   11   9   2   1   33   28   50   84.80%   59   59   100.00%   3 
 2012   28   NWE   K   3   16   0           8   8   12   10   13   9   2   2   35   29   53   82.90%   66   66   100.00%   3 
 2013*   29   NWE   K   3   16   0   1   1   8   8   13   13   13   11   6   5   41   38   54   92.70%   44   44   100.00%   5 
 2014*   30   NWE   K   3   16   0   1   1   11   11   11   10   13   12   1   1   37   35   53   94.60%   51   51   100.00%   5 
 2015*+   31   NWE   K   3   16   0           6   6   11   11   14   12   5   4   36   33   57   91.70%   52   52   100.00%   6 
 2016   32   NWE   K   3   16   0           9   9   9   7   10   9   4   2   32   27   53   84.40%   49   46   93.90%   3 
 2017   33   NWE   K   3   16   0           16   16   9   9   11   8   4   4   40   37   62   92.50%   47   45   95.70%   5 
 2018   34   NWE   K   3   16   0           11   11   10   10   6   4   5   2   32   27   52   84.40%   50   49   98.00%   3 
 2019   35   NWE   K   3   4   0           3   3   3   3   2   1           8   7   41   87.50%   15   11   73.30%     
 Career   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 204   
 
 3   3   126   122   140   128   124   96   35   25   428   374   62   87.40%   664   653   98.30%   47 

Media Statements

"He's meant a lot to this team, and you see a lot of that in the record books," veteran safety, Devin McCourty, explained. "... But I always speak on how much he means to the locker room. So he'll definitely be missed throughout the year, having his presence in there."

"Whoever the next guy is that comes in here, he doesn't need to try to be Steve or try to be Adam Vinatieri; he just needs to be himself," says special-teams captain of the Patriots, Matthew Slater. "He'll be here for a reason and that reason will be because Coach Belichick thinks he's going to give us the best chance to help this team win games. We'll support him. We'll do what we can to help him adjust."

Sources:

“Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski to have season-ending hip surgery”, Mike Reiss, espn.com, October 2, 2019.

“Stephen Gostkowski”, pro-football-reference.com, October 3, 2019.


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