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Former New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski opened up in a new interview on his intention to keep playing in the NFL. Speaking to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Gostkowski said he’s going to explore opportunities to earn a job with a new team once he’s able to make visits.
“No one is practicing right now, so it’s not like I’m missing competing with someone in OTAs. If things work out like I think they will, I’ll have an opportunity around training camp, whenever the NFL decides that will be,” Gostkowski said. “I want to try to find a place where I can have a chance to compete. With the kicker position, there’s usually two, three, four spots that are up in the air, but you just have to find the right place.”
The Patriots decided to transition to a new era at the kicker position for 2020. The 36-year-old was released in late March. He’s now about six months removed from hip surgery that landed him on injured reserve after just four games in 2019. According to Reiss, Gostkowski “feels as good as he has in recent years.”
Bill Belichick followed up the Gostkowski release with the drafting of Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots officially signed Rohrwasser as of Monday.