What occurred to Mike Nugent throughout his first kick in Sunday’s 33-7 win towards the Redskins?
The Patriots kicker, who missed the additional level — his first try of any variety as a member of the Patriots — within the first quarter after extensive receiver Julian Edelman’s landing, stated he felt a “little stiff.”
“I think it was a little robotic, kind of like a golf swing,” Nugent stated afterward. “If you’re a little stiff and not fluid through the ball, it’s not going to go where you want it to go. Kicking is the same exact way…I think just a little stiffness. I just needed to loosen up a little bit, just get a little bit of the rust out.”
Nugent signed with New England final Thursday to interchange longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who will miss the season for hip surgical procedure. Whereas competing in three video games with the Raiders final season, Nugent made all six area targets and was Four-for-5 in further factors. He was not blissful about lacking in his debut with the brand new group.
“Going in there on that first one, when you think about it, it was just one of those things like I can’t stand,” he defined. “I believe I can communicate for each kicker, to see my teammates go down and anticipate 7 factors and I solely give them 6 is one thing I discover unacceptable.’’
His efficiency did enhance all through the sport, as he made his subsequent three point-after makes an attempt and each area targets: a 37-yard area purpose within the second quarter and a 23-yarder earlier than halftime.
Regardless of the mishap, Nugent stated he feels motivated to do higher subsequent sport.
“In case you can simply have a really short-term reminiscence and simply suppose, ‘OK, here’s what I did unsuitable on that one.’ I don’t anticipate to overlook kicks like that, and I by no means wish to ever once more. It simply takes a variety of work to be sure to get on the market and simply hit the identical ball, and I believe I did that constantly the remainder of the sport.’’
When requested concerning the Patriots’ kicker state of affairs after the sport, head coach Invoice Belichick stated that he thinks, “We just need to do things better.” Nugent shared the identical sentiments.
“It gives me something to work on definitely this week,” he stated. “It’s positively good to bounce again and hit some brief ones and the remainder of them nevertheless it’s identical to a golfer, you’re fascinated by the shot you need again. I’m going to work at it this week and ensure it doesn’t occur once more.’’
Nugent additionally stated if the chance presents itself, he’s trying ahead to probably studying from Gostkowski. He is aware of there’s loads he can achieve from working with the veteran.
“I’m just gonna try to work with him as much as I can, talk to him about certain things,” he stated. “We’re teammates now so it’ll be fun to have another guy to bounce stuff off of. I’d love to have him out on the field. If there’s something he sees that may be kind of funky, I don’t mind having a coach that knows what he’s talking about, has his kind of experience.”
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