FOXBORO — The Monday morning movie session wasn’t pleasant for anybody in a Patriots uniform.
That goes for kicker Stephen Gostkowksi, too.
Gostkowski, who remains one of the crucial reliable kickers within the league, missed an additional point and a forty two-yard subject aim in Sunday’s 34-33 loss at Miami.
Like everybody else, Gostkowski got here in and made the corrections.
“I might clearly see what I did mistaken on the primary one,” Gostkowski stated. “The second appeared like plenty of kicks that I’ve made earlier than, and it just moved at the finish. The factor you’ve obtained to stability as a specialist is when to make a change and when to not overreact. There’s so many elements that go into how a ball can transfer. You’ve simply acquired to have the high-quality stability of doing enough movie work, however not an excessive amount of to where you possibly can overthink it.”
Chalk it up as a nasty day in an otherwise strong season for Gostkowski.
Prior lacking a 48-yarder in Week thirteen towards Minnesota, Gostkowski had transformed 60-of-60 attempts from inside of fifty yards (area objectives and additional factors). However prior to now two weeks, Gostkowski has missed on three such alternatives.
“I feel you all the time need to believe on this line of labor, particularly at one of many specialist positions,” Gostkowski stated. “It’s a very individualistic position in a sport that’s a huge workforce environment. So it’s a really distinctive spot. I try to by no means let my confidence get too down in the dumps. I attempt to maintain a good-keeled angle and by no means get too excessive or get to low. You will get humbled pretty fast in this league. You miss a kick at the flawed time or have a nasty recreation on the mistaken time and it could actually get ugly for you. So I just attempt not to assume an excessive amount of about it.”
As expected, Invoice Belichick nonetheless has Gostkowski’s again.
“Steve’s kicked in the league a long time,” Belichick stated. “There’s a number of points to kicking — three individuals involved, not just one. It’s not like a kickoff the place you just put the ball on the tee. So just collectively, we’ve obtained to — clearly, expectations are excessive, and hopefully we’ll have the ability to convert on all of our scoring alternatives. That’s the aim. However no one takes it extra significantly than Steve does. I have a variety of confidence in him.”
Three days removed from the disastrous loss at Miami, Gostkowski has put the sport behind him.
“I sat round waiting to answer questions on it after the game, and no one asked me any,” Gostkowski stated. “I’ve sort of moved on to the subsequent recreation. Newsflash: When a area aim kicker misses a kick, they will only make it or miss it. Solely certainly one of two things can happen. That’s just the nature of the enterprise. It’s nicely deserved. I simply attempt to make a lot more than I miss.”
ONLY ONE BIG BEN
Losers of three straight, the Steelers seem to be regressing as the common season closes.
But the notion that the group’s collective confidence is plummeting? Bill Belichick isn’t buying that.
“In the event you guys are around competitive guys, you wouldn’t really see that,” Belichick stated. “I’m not giving that any credibility at all. Competitive individuals compete. That’s what they do. Definitely that’s what the Steelers are. I’m positive we’ll get their greatest, they usually’ll get our best.”
Belichick lauded your complete Pittsburgh workforce, however reserved the very best reward for the workforce’s dynamic passing attack.
“There’s only one Ben Roethlisberger,” Belichick stated.
Belichick added: “He can see over all the things. He’s received an incredible arm. He can deliver with no wind-up or step into the throw. He can flat-footed hearth it 50, 60 yards downfield. He’s obtained great poise, great endurance. He knows how lengthy he can wait, and often he waits till the bitter end and delivers the ball. On the 97-yard landing move to (JuJu) Smith-Schuster, he held it until the last second and acquired nailed as he launched the ball. That’s the sort of thing he does. He’s robust, actually robust. I’ve a ton of respect for him.”
Antonio Brown stays Roethlisberger’s No. 1 receiver, and among the best gamers within the league, but second-yr professional JuJu Smith-Schuster has emerged as a star, too.
Smith-Schuster has caught five extra passes than Brown (ninety one to 86) and has almost 200 more receiving yards.
“He’s a dynamic player, super player,” Belichick stated. “Great with the ball in his arms. Great palms. Makes some spectacular catches. Arduous to deal with. He’s excellent.”
“You’re not going to get anybody better than these two guys, plus the quarterback,” Belichick continued. “They’ve acquired lots of good gamers, too, however these two receivers are ‘elite elite.’”
The Patriots are about as healthy as an NFL staff could be in December.
Only two gamers — cornerback Stephon Gilmore (ankle) and tight finish Dwayne Allen (knee) — have been on Wednesday’s damage report.
Each have been full members.
Gilmore performed by means of the damage towards the Dolphins. Allen has missed three straight video games.
For the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ribs), operating again James Conner (ankle), security Sean Davis (knee), offensive deal with Marcus Gilbert (knee), and middle Maurkice Pouncey (non-damage) did not apply.