Patriots Position Roster Review: Special Teams

Going into each season, NFL fans focus upon their respective teams and break down their offenses and defenses. However, the underrated third phase of the game that is special teams, slips through the cracks.Bill Belichick has always taken great pride in putting just as much emphasis on special teams as the other two sides of the ball.This will be Joe Judges first year as special...
Via Pro Football Spot
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Refs Botch Roughing The Kicker Penalty Early In Super Bowl XLIX (GIF)

The Seattle Seahawks were fortunate to keep possession after the New England Patriots’ first drive of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night. The officials made an incorrect ruling on Ryan Allen’s first punt after the Seattle Seahawks’ Jeron Johnson made contact with the Patriots punter after the ball was kicked. The correct call would have been roughing the kicker — a 15-yard...
Via NESN.com
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Super Bowl refs miss an obvious roughing-the-kicker penalty?

Did the referees miss a big call? The New England Patriots lined up to punt on fourth down of their first possession of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. Punter Ryan Allen kicked the ball away, but after he did, he was knocked off his feet by Seattle Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson (GIF courtesy of Deadspin): The Seahawks were flagged for running into the kicker, which is a five-yard penalty...
Via Fox Sports
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Great matchups abound in this, the pinnacle of the NFL season. Super Bowl XLIX pits the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks in what promises to be a closely contested affair. At least, that’s the hope. We all thought last year’s Super Bowl would be a great game, but it was apparent from Peyton Manning’s first snap, he and the Denver Broncos were outmatched by...
Via Sportsnaut
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Punter Ryan Allen Earns AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week Honors

Ryan Allen has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Allen received the honor for the first time in his career after punting five times for an average of 49.4 yards, including one 60-yarder. Four of those punts pinned the Chargers on or inside their 13-yard line. This is the third time this season a member...
Via NESN.com
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blount Force Returns: Week 12 Risers and Fallers

Another week, another dominating win.  I’ve been telling myself for fourteen years now to enjoy this era of Patriots football, because it won’t last forever.  It won’t, but with the way the Patriots have been rolling over their opponents week after week, it’s hard to see where the end of this epic streak will come. (By the way, feel free to shove this back in my face if...
Via Foxboro Blog
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots punter Ryan Allen scoops bad snap, kicks like a boss

You're in good hands with Patriots punter Ryan Allen. Not only did he save the Patriots from near catastrophe by fielding this bad snap, he then kicked the ball 66 yards to pin the Lions deep in their own territory. Check this out:
Via Fox Sports
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Grade Day: How’d the New England Patriots fare against the Oakland Raiders?

Sunday afternoon saw the New England Patriots take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 3, the home opener at Foxborough, MA. It was a game with all the finesse of a preseason game, as the Patriots looked like 46 guys who met for the first time that day and played a football game together. Fortunately, the Raiders were unable to take advantage of it, as their rookie quarterback Derek Carr...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Makes Rare Cameo As Extra Point Holder For Patriots (GIF)

Jimmy Garappolo took every snap at quarterback for the New England Patriots on Thursday, but Tom Brady’s night wasn’t entirely uneventful. The quarterback entered the game for one play midway through the second quarter of the Patriots’ final preseason game, serving as the holder on a Stephen Gostkowski extra point. Punter Ryan Allen normally handles the holding duties for...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the New England Patriots' Special Teams Could Be In Trouble

While 2013 wasn't a stellar year by New England standards, there was one particular bright spot on the scoring front: Stephen Gostkowski. The New England Patriots' place kicker led the league in scoring and became Mr. Dependable in crucial situations. He set a personal best 92.7 field goal percentage to go with his seventh straight season with a perfect extra point record.Ryan Allen...
Via Football Nation
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Training Camp Observations: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola Tear Up Eagles

FOXBORO, Mass. — If Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are able to stay healthy in 2014, the two shifty New England Patriots wide receivers will present a unique challenge for opposing defenses. Edelman and Amendola showed their agility and quickness on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium in joint practices. Both players won all four of their challenges...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' Résumé - Shane Vereen

Dear Coach Belichick,Your offseason moves to supplement the offense is exciting, and it makes me think back to my freshman year at the University of California when the coaches integrated me into their two back system, pairing me with Jahvid Best.We split the carries and we both had similar success in the passing game until he left for the Detroit Lions after his Junior season -...
Via Foxborough Free Press
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: New England Patriots special teams remains underrated

Happy Friday to all you loyal readers out there! It’s especially happy this week because we find ourselves in the midst of some actual football taking place. Yes, New England Patriots training camp is officially underway and real NFL action is trickling back into sports news. However, I sense that some of you aren’t fully satisfied and I think I know why…you thought we forgot...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' Résumé - Kyle Arrington

Hey Coach!Back in 2009 when I was on your practice squad, I felt like I was languishing in exile for my third team in a row - so when Eric Mangini came a-courtin', I listened to what he had to say.After all, he was offering me an opportunity to play and I felt like I had already paid my dues on the practice squads in Philadelphia and Tampa, and so midway through my second season...
Via Foxborough Free Press
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' Résumé - Danny Amendola

Coach Belichick,Enclosed, please find the résumé that you assigned all of us to do.  At first I thought it was weird and a waste of time, until I stopped to remember that nothing you do is arbitrary, that everything has a purpose.I wasn't sure of what that purpose was for writing such, though if there is one thing that I learned pretty fast around here it is that the mantra "In...
Via Foxborough Free Press
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2014 Version)

New England always seems to find at least one hidden gem in the undrafted free-agent ranks. UDFAs who made the squad in 2013 include wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (32 rec, 466 yds, four TDs), defensive tackle Joe Vellano (54 tackles, two sacks), offensive guard Josh Kline (seven games played, one start), and punter Ryan Allen (16 starts). You can link to last year’s column...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots had 65 players on their roster. 28 of those 65 players went undrafted in each of their respective years. To give you an idea of how huge that is, more current Pats went undrafted than current Pats who were selected in the first, second, third and fourth round combined. New England signed a grand total of nine UDFA’s after the...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Kicking Game: Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen

This is the final installment of the New England Patriots team needs feature at cover32.com this off-season. If you missed any previous position installments, they can be found here. The series finishes with a look at the special teams performers, particularly the kicker and punter positions. At kicker the Patriots may have a bigger need than many anticipate. Although kicker Stephen...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots target a top 10 kicker from the NFL Draft?

Kickers and punters are universally the most under-appreciated positions in the entire NFL. While games, and entire seasons, can hinge on a few key yards of field position or a clutch game-winning field goal, kickers and punters are oft-lamented for their miscues and rarely-remembered for their achievements. Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski have largely created a legacy of mistake...
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April 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

The case for making Stephen Gostkowski a lifelong New England Patriot

While kickers rarely get the glory or spotlight on the NFL field, their scoring presence is undeniable. Consistency on special teams can make or break teams, and the Patriots have benefited from two exceptional place kickers during the last 14 years. Other specialists are already in place; the Patriots found a gem in Ryan Allen last year, and substituting Zoltan Mesko for the rookie...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggest surprise of the 2013 season: Stephen Gostkowski

I admit from the outset on this, in the pre-season, when coach Bill Belichick was having a “tryout” at punter between the incumbent Zoltan Mesko and rookie Ryan Allen, I shook my head and wondered to myself, “Why not Stephen Gostkowski?” Last year, Gostkowski’s field goal percentage was among the lowest of his career at just 82.9%, even though he had his second highest...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kenbrell Thompkins inactive for AFC Championship game

The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins for their AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos. Thompkins is out after suffering a concussion in last week’s week over the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots will have Aaron Dobson for this game. Dobson will handle X receiver duties. Other inactives for the Patriots are  DL Isaac Sopoaga, CB Justin...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots-Broncos Live: Ryan Allen Warming Up, Practicing Punts On Field

12:35 p.m.: Patriots punter Ryan Allen is on the field warming up. He’s listed as questionable after injuring his shoulder in the divisional-round playoff game against the Colts. Allen failed to finish that game, but if there was any question that the rookie could play, New England likely would have signed a punter. If Allen can’t go or if he gets reinjured, kicker Stephen Gostkowski...
Via NESN.com
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Ryan Allen to play Sunday

Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports that New England Patriots punter, Ryan Allen, will play in Sunday's AFC Championship game.  Allen, who injured his shoulder last week in a win against the Indianapolis Colts is still the only punter listed on the roster.Patra cites a report by NFL media bloodhound, Ian Rapoport, that Allen will play on Sunday and that Allen has a sprained acromioclavicular...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots punter Ryan Allen listed as questionable

The New England Patriots have tagged punter Ray Allen as questionable ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos. Allen injured his shoulder in last weeks win over the Indianapolis Colts but returned to practice this week on a limited basis. All signs point to Allen kicking the ball this week against the Broncos since the Patriots did not add another punter...
Via Tireball.com
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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