Thursday, December 12, 2013
Here's some tidbits for you to chew on between bites of Halloween candy:
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month - to the surprise of no one who watched him in October.
He was a perfect 9-for-9 in field goal attempts in October, including a career-high 54-yarder in the 30-27 win over New Orleans. He leads the NFL with 20 field goals this year, missing just one. His 77 points is second overall to Denver's Matt Prater, who has 79. Gostkowski has made 15 consecutive field goals for the Patriots. including two from over 50.
He is also among the league leaders in touchbacks on kick-offs.
Earlier in the week, Bill Belichick praised the eight-year kicker, who was drafted in 2006 in the fourth round out of Memphis:
"Steve works hard. He has a strong leg. Mentally he is focused and disciplined. He's really very professional in his approach to kicking and also has a good way of just focusing on his kick and not getting caught up in all the other things that are involved so he can just do his job and not get distracted or not get overwhelmed by whatever the situation is or whatever the things are going on around him.''
FOR THE second straight day this week, the Patriots had perfect attendance in practice.
That includes cornerback Aqib Talib, who has missed the last two games with a hip injury, and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who has been out with a knee injury since Oct. 6.
ROB NINKOVICH celebrated the Red Sox World Series championship, but he wanted everyone to know his beard is no cheap imitation.
Speaking to Field Yates of ESPNBoston, Ninkovich jokingly said, "I mean, I've been doing this for a couple years now, guys, so this isn't the Boston Red Sox beard right here, this is the Ninko-beard."
Here's Yates' story on Ninko's beard and the Sox.
FOR THOSE who might not have had a chance to see it, here's my story on some Patriots and the Halloweens of their youth.Tweet
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.