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Gostkowski makes 'em all: 'It's nice that I got a clean game'

Gostkowski makes 'em all: 'It's nice that I got a clean game'

Stephen Gostkowski had a good day. It's probably been a few weeks since he felt that way leaving a football game. 

After missing three field goals between Weeks 2 and 5 and consecutive extra points in Weeks 6 and 7, Gostkowski said, "I stink right now." But on Sunday, in a 41-25 win at Buffalo, in rainy and windy conditions, Gostkowski made all seven kicks he attempted -- two field goals and five extra points -- and may have felt as though he had a weight lifted off of his shoulders. 

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If he did, he wouldn't admit it to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran after the game.

"I don't think like that," Gostkowski said when asked if he felt like he "needed" the 51-yarder he kicked at the end of the first half. "I try to make every kick I can. It's nice that I got a clean game."

Gostkowski did acknowledge that the conditions in Orchard Park were less than ideal on Sunday afternoon. It rained throughout, and the wind, as it often does at New Era Field, was swirling. The 51-yarder was blown in two different directions before skidding off the uprights and through. 

"Buffalo's a tough place to kick," he said. "There's a lot of wind all the time. But that's what we deal with on a daily basis so luckily we get good practice at it."

When asked about Gostkowski's performance after the game, which has been almost a weekly ritual this season, Belichick once again threw his support behind the Patriots kicker who's in his 11th season.

"Steve’s one of the best kickers in the league," Belichick said. "We have a lot of confidence in him. When we need a kick, there’s nobody better to send out there than him. Nobody better to send out than Steve. He's another mentally-tough guy."

Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

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Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Kenny Britt. 

Britt, who was released by the Browns last week, has seen injuries and off-field issues interfere with a promising career since being chosen 30th overall by the Titans in 2009. He was suspended for four games in 2012, his final season with the Titans, before playing the next season with the Rams. This was his first season with the Browns, but he was released after making 18 catches over nine games. 

Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

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Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

This makes me feel like Felger, so apologies.

Malcolm Butler might not love Bill Belichick the GM, and there’s a chance he’s made some light commentary on Belichick the coach. 

After Monday night’s Patriots loss to the Dolphins, a Pro Football Focus graphic was posted detailing how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him. It was retweeted from Butler’s account. 

Though Butler un-retweeted it by Tuesday morning, the retweet was an interesting act. Twenty blitzes (by how PFF measures blitzes) is a high number. Was Butler just pointing out that Cutler had a good game or suggesting that maybe the Pats shouldn’t have kept blitzing when Cutler was responding to them so well. Might be a shot at Belichick or Matt Patricia. Might be something else. Might have misread "Cutler" for "Butler" and thought he was retweeting a compliment. Reading into social media is a gas.