Titans’ seek for a dependable kicker may not be over after Stephen Gostkowski’s debut

Stephen Gostkowski made an enormous kick Monday night time, however it was huge a kick solely as a result of he had missed so many instances earlier than then.

Gostkowski missed subject objective tries from 47 and 42 yards, had one other subject objective try blocked and pulled a PAT kick extensive in his Titans debut. As Tennessee was driving for a go-ahead rating late within the fourth quarter, folks have been questioning whether or not coach Mike Vrabel ought to ship him out once more.

Vrabel did name on his former Patriots teammate, and Gostkowski drilled a 25-yarder with 17 seconds remaining. These have been the profitable factors in his new crew’s 16-14 victory over the Broncos.

“It is positively a chance I did not deserve,” Gostkowski instructed reporters in his postgame Zoom name, per NFL.com. “However [I’m] grateful that I bought it for the crew and the fellows that went on the market and busted their butt. I actually put them in a tricky spot. You do not at all times get that fortunate to get an opportunity to redeem your self.”

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“I am dissatisfied in myself and embarrassed and annoyed, however on the finish of the day we received and fortuitously guys are joyful going dwelling,” he added.

Vrabel mentioned he had zero worries about giving Gostkowski a closing probability to succeed.

“Nope, and [the Broncos] did, clearly, as a result of they weren’t utilizing their timeouts (Denver had all three remaining) they usually have been banking on him lacking,” Vrabel mentioned.    

Nonetheless, a lot for Gostkowski erasing the reminiscence of final season’s dreadful kicking in Nashville. Ryan Succop and Cairo Santos mixed to go 5 for 15 on subject objective tries in 2019. Cody Parkey, ol’ Mr. Double Doink himself, helped the share by going three for three. 

Tennessee made it to the AFC championship sport final season despite all that fail, however eight for 18 is one thing from the ’50s and ’60s when linemen doubled as kickers. 

Enter Gostkowski, 36, who was 7 for eight on subject objective kicks however simply 11 for 15 on PATs for New England final yr. He missed the Patriots’ closing 12 regular-season video games and their lone playoff sport — a house loss to the Titans — with a hip harm.

The Pats lower him final March after 14 seasons. The Titans signed him to a one-year, $2.75 million contract on Sept. three, with $2 million of that money changing into assured Monday.

That contact and Vrabel’s said confidence in him ought to, in principle, hold Gostkowski round awhile. However after a 2-for-6 night time in perfect climate situations, Gostkowski should know he is not assured something past Week 1.

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