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Pats Notebook: We have no kicker edition

The New England Patriots don’t have a kicker. Last season, Stephen Gostkowski went down with an injury and was replaced by the carousel of "off the couchers" like Kai Forbath, Mike Nugent and Nick Folk. The Pats used a 5th rounder on Marshall Kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who wasn’t ranked in the top 10 of kickers in the draft, but was the first off the board. So of course Belichick cut him on Saturday. Well that’s okay, because he signed Nick Folk back a week ago. So of course Belichick cut him too. A week before the team opens against Miami and the Patriots are sans a kicker. But much like how your fantasy team should operate, why draft a kicker when you can figure it out later!?! I’m actually really excited to see what Belichick does, I think there’s atleast a 12% chance that Bill runs Rex Burkhead or JC Jackson out there because they kicked in junior high or something equally off the wall. (Though I also believe that some year Belichick will stop using receivers and running backs and bring back ends and flankers.) Make no mistake, the storyline of the season is what will happen when Cam Newtontakes the field as the quarterback of the New England Patriots. This was going to be a fascinating season regardless because it’s the first year post Brady, but just because they’re the Patriots and always the lead story, the ante had to be upped with one of the most enigmatic signal callers of the last 30 years taking the reins. After 20 years of the same QB, the potential of a one and done passer on a "prove it deal" is just the kind of rebound relationship Patriots fans need. And if this was a dating relationship, after being with someone as consistent as Brady for two decades, wouldn’t your next relationship be with someone like Cam? Dresses wild. Randomly breaks into dance. Physically gifted and brings a different skill set to your offense. The things you look for in any relationship.  The Patriots are always looking for a new challenge and the defense will be that challenge this year. Not to say the unit won’t be good, but with leaders Patrick Chung and Dont’a Hightower choosing to sit out the season, they will be missing some pieces. I think Belichick and Co. are happy with this challenge. They’ll have the chance to do some different things with a group that’s suddenly very young. I say this to say, they also have the best and deepest secondary in the NFL. That will certainly help the development of a young front 7 by giving them plenty of time to get after the quarterback. 

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