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Titans sticking with Gostkowski despite Week 1 misses

9/15/2020 1:27:44 PM
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The Tennessee Titans have decided to stick with kicker Stephen Gostkowski for Week 2 despite missing three field goals and an extra point in Monday night's last-second win over the Denver Broncos according to Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean.

The Titans would have had a comfortable lead through the game if not for those misses, which eerily echoed the team's woeful kicking game in 2019.  "For a guy that’s a career 87 percent field goal kicker, I think a lot of those corrections are going to be on him," coach Mike Vrabel said. "But it’s also on us to make everything around him better." Gostkowski appeared in an increasing fog following each Monday shank, but Vrabel showed remarkable faith by trotting out for a potentially game-winning 25-yard attempt with 0:17 remaining. Gostkowski drained it and breathed a massive sigh of relief.

 In Gostkowski's defense, he underwent hip surgery last October and was not signed by the Titans until September 3, meaning he had no training camp to work out any kinks in his mechanics or even get to know his teammates. His lengthy and successful history with the New England Patriots, including dealing with the pressure of kicking in several Super Bowls, has earned him some rope with his new team but he cannot afford more multiple-miss games like Week 1.


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