Graham joins David Buehler, Danny Bailey and Kai Forbath, however, Buehler (hip) and Forbath (quadriceps) are injured. Bailey handled the kicking duties in Sunday’s preseason game vs. San Diego but did not have a field goal attempt.
Graham was cut by Washington after missing field goal tries from 29 and 49 yards in the first week of the preseason. He went 12-of-12 last year in New England after replacing Stephen Gostkowski.
Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:11pm
The David Akers era in Philly looks like it's at the "thanks for the memories'' stage after the Eagles spent a fourth-round pick on Nebraska's Alex Henery. The ex-Cornhusker went 120th overall, the highest a kicker has been selected since New England took Stephen Gostkowski two spots earlier than that in 2006.
Akers is a free agent and he's not done kicking in the NFL. Given the challenges the Cowboys and Redskins have had with kickers in recent years, I wouldn't be surprised if Akers wound up somewhere else in the NFC East, facing his old team twice a year. Not exactly the Donovan McNabb to Washington storyline of 2010, but it might be fun.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 9:49am
Patriots Stephen Gostkowski (quad) expects to be fine for 2011. He underwent right quad surgery last week. "Depending on how it goes, it seems to be something that won't have repercussions in the future if I do a good job of recovering," Gostkowski said.
Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:16pm
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:49pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 2:37pm
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 1:03pm
Rumor has it the Pats are already trying out other kickers. Prepare accordingly.
Monday, November 8, 2010, 1:35pm
The Patriots worked out both Graham and Shaun Suishman last month to keep themselves abreast of the kickers on the market if anything should befall Gostkowski.
Well, something has. Our Mike Giardi has a source telling him Gostkowski could be down "for a couple of weeks."
Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:30am
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker kicked an extra point in New England's game against Cleveland.
Welker, forced into kicking duty because Stephen Gostkowski suffered a thigh injury in the first half, drilled his kick to bring the Patriots within 27-14 with 6:37 left. He then kicked a pop-up to Browns return man Josh Cribbs on the ensuing kickoff.
It's the first time Welker has kicked since 2004, when he made a field goal and extra point as a rookie for Miami.
"You just have to be ready for any sort of situation," he said. "Unfortunately that came up and you just have to make due with what you got."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 9:30am
With Maroney gone, there is but one player remaining from New England’s 10-player 2006 draft class: kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
The move leaves New England with three thirtysomething backs in Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk, as well as BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is 25. Taylor, who started the season opener against Cincinnati Sunday and averaged 5.1 yards on 14 carries, would appear to have the starting spot locked up for now.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 6:43pm
Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:13am
FFTOC - The Closing Rush
This is the final weekend of the FFTOC's November contest, and a number of players have favorable matchups that could help your team post big points. Here's are some of the best options at each position:
QB - The guidelines for this position were set early in the 2009 season and there was a designated list of "stud" quarterbacks and everyone else was considered a "non-stud" quarterback. Brett Favre had a sluggish start and was looking like a caretaker fantasy quarterback, so he didn't make the studs list. But Brett has been playing like one lately and should do some damage against a very shaky Seattle secondary. Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, David Garrard, and Vince Young are other non-studs worth considering. As far as the studs go, Drew Brees likely will light up the Buccaneers, Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, and guys like Roethlisberger and Warner have easy opponents. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Schaub are also on track to perform well.
RB - If you haven't used Maurice Jones-drew yet, you are in luck as he draws Buffalo's feeble run defense. Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, and Chris Johnson have lofty expectations and can easily exceed them, while Rashard Mendenhall and Pierre Thomas will be running against weak defenses. One-week wonders could include Kevin Smith, Bernard Scott, and Jason Snelling.
WR - The usual suspects are the top plays this week - guys like Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, and Larry Fitzgerald. In New England's game against the Jets in week two, Randy Moss was shut down, but the Jets were vulnerable underneath to unheralded Julian Edelman, who was playing because Wes Welker was out with an injury. Moss should do better this time around, but Welker will be playing and looks poised to have a big game. Marques Colston's been in a bit of a slump, but ought to wake up against Tampa Bay. Additionally, Hines Ward, Chad Ochocinco, and Vincent Jackson have upside for this week.
TE - Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates, and Tony Gonzalez are great plays this week as they almost always are, but if you are looking for some "sleepers" Greg Olsen, Jeremy Shockey, Heath Miller, and Kellen Winslow could deliver the goods. Vernon Davis and Brent Celek are two others to watch.
Good luck to everyone! It's been a fun four weeks and it will be very interesting to see how the final round of the contest shakes out.
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