FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Ideas and flash notes about the New England Patriots and the NFL:
1. Gostkowski can count on Folk for his roadmap: Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski recently underwent surgery for a torn labrum on his left hip. Ironically, he can rely on the kicker who replaced him, Nick Folk, as an example of the best way to get back from the injury.
Folk, who is a right footed kicker like Gostkowski, had torn the labrum at the right hip in 2009.
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"The hardest thing for me was the timing," said Folk. "I had started feeling bad at Thanksgiving in 2008, at the end of the season and the doctors were telling me that it was a hip flexor." I did all the rehab, but the situation has improved to some extent.After a second opinion, I discovered the tear.brand, I was operated on in May, 12 weeks a day, we showed up at the camp training (in Dallas).
"They had recruited a rookie and I thought I could bounce back (keep my job) I'm going back to the training camp, about a week since, I'm doing pretty well, and I'm trying a 40-yard run. – I felt like I had to hit a kilometer, I fought, it was the hardest part – the timing, if I did (the surgery) just after the season, I would have been good, with a longer recovery, and the accumulated force.I had no strength at that time. "
Gostkowski, who is 35 years old, is older than Folk when he was operated on (24), was told by doctors that he should wait for a recovery period of $ 15,000. about five months.
People have little doubt that Gostkowski can regain his old form.
"I had pushed it because I felt I needed to do it.In hindsight, I should have given him more time to gain more strength," said Folk. "You live and you learn, but since then I have no problem."
2. Extra DL leads Harry to be inactive: Choice of the first round of the patriots Neal Keal Harry was scarred last Sunday during his promotion in the 53-player roster of the injured reserve. It is said that it is mainly a problem of numbers that led to the decision. The club then carries an additional defensive lineman to the race. offense based on the Baltimore Ravens. The offense that chose to play tempo throughout the match with the same three receivers (Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu) was also part of the elements to consider, because it would have been a lot to ask a rookie of move from IR to a seamless transition. in this approach. Such an explanation makes sense to me. So, assuming Harry has a good week of training next week, he should be part of the 46-man lineup against Sunday in Philadelphia. If he did not, it would indicate that Harry does not meet the expectations of the first round.
3. Belichick reminds players of Veterans Day: The players said that before leaving, Bill Belichick had reminded them of the importance of Veterans Day. "Obviously, Bill still does a lot in the army," said defensive tackle Danny Shelton, while referring to Belichick's tie with the navy. "It was not a history lesson, as he usually does by testing recruits and asking them questions, but he made sure everyone knew that It was important to show our gratitude to the veterans – not only to represent the organization, but to your family – being able to say a simple "thank you" to a veterinarian goes a long way. "
4. Dorsett had a question about Judon hit: Saturday, it was learned that the Ravens outside the linebacker Matthew Judon would not be fined powerful success that he delivered to Dorsett during the first offensive of New England last week. In the second play of the Patriots, Dorsett followed a shallow crossroad. While he was one meter from the line of scrimmage (which makes the defensive contact legal), he never saw Judon on the side and thought he could qualify as an opponent. hit a defenseless player and / or unnecessary roughness. Dorsett missed the next game after being stunned by the wind before returning to the next set. Focusing on player safety, Dorsett, who was still suffering from Wednesday's blow, was curious as to whether the NFL would impose a fine.
5. Link between the gunner and Harris at the Alabama-LSU match: Gunner Olszewski, the Patriots' rookie returner / kicker, was planning with third-round pick Damien Harris (Alabama) to join him next week by attending the Alabama-LSU match on Saturday. Olszewski attended Division II Bemidji State while Harris, who wore a Crimson Tide jersey under his jersey on Wednesday, is a proud alum from Alabama. Fun part of the story: Olszewski told Harris that he had never been to a Division I football game before, so he was starting with a big game.
6. Bennett's role is growing in Dallas. Patriots can expect a sixth round: Defensive end Michael Bennett played 43 of 72 defensive shots in his debut with the Cowboys on Monday night. Considering that he had played a total of 133 shots in six games in New England – with his record of 39 in the first round against the Steelers – he must be satisfied with the way things went. Meanwhile, the Patriots have a good chance to see the draft pick of 2021 that they have acquired in Dallas going from seventh to sixth rounds. Todd Archer said Bennett only needed to be part of the Cowboys' 53-man line-up for four games to make the decision a sixth.
7. The former Patriotes group is ready to broadcast for 25 hours for a significant cause: Christian Fauria uses his platform as a Boston-based sports talk radio host to raise money and raise awareness about diabetes. From 2 pm ET Wednesday, he must be on the air for 25 hours in a row. The idea came after his son, Caleb, had learned that he was suffering from diabetes in the spring and that the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins had rallied around him for give him tickets in order to help him reach his goal of $ 25,000. Larry Bird and Tom Brady are among the guests expected to join Fauria to show their support. Fauria joked his relatives to expect calls from him early in the morning to help him stay awake. "I wanted to do something unique, which may have never been done before.I remember that, when I was a child, was watching Jerry Lewis' telethons on television, I asked me, "Wow, if we did that on the radio? I could do it. the same thing, minus the tuxedo. So, I'm going to trust friends and a coffee, "laughed Fauria.
8a. Did you know, part one: Since 2003, the Patriots are 44-8 in the regular season after a loss. As a starter of his career, Brady is 46-12 years old in games consecutive to a defeat.
8b. Did you know, part II: With an extra win, the Patriots will win their 19th consecutive winning season, which would be the longest run since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
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9. People had contacts in the cloakroom of the patriots: When the Patriots signed Folk as a new kick on October 30, he did not need to be introduced to Gostkowski, nor did offensive linemen Joe Thuney and Ted Karras, as they had all been in the same class while they worked for their mastery in the past. Folk earned his MBA in August and, even though he was still hoping to return to the NFL and continue to stand by, he had recently taken a job in commercial real estate in Dallas until he was in business. An opportunity presents itself.
10. Patriots continue to catch up on the offensive line: An unexpected combination of striking offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and inning Brian Schwenke in the offseason, combined with starting center David Andrews (late preseason) and left tackle Isaiah Wynn (after the second week In the injured reserve, the Patriots play on the offensive line all season. The lineup's three linemen at the end of the pre-season – center Russell Bodine, goaltender / striker Jermaine Eluemunor and forward Korey Cunningham – did not produce the expected results. Running, in particular, has been difficult because of that. So, for all the media talk about adding Sanu as a possible missing element to help the race in the straight line, everything starts and ends on the line. Wynn's return from the IR and his good health are the key. He is eligible to play for the first time on November 24 against Dallas.
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