dangolka (CBS) — Because the Patriots enter the canine days of coaching camp, there’s a new competitors brewing on the roster. With Nick People rejoining New England over the weekend, rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser out of the blue has one other swinging leg to compete with.
Rohrwasser has had his share of struggles all through camp, however that isn’t what prompted the crew’s first kicker competitors in camp since 2006. As Invoice Belichick defined Wednesday, the People signing had been within the works for months.
Now, People and Rohrwasser may have slightly below two weeks to settle the competitors.
“Each gamers are good kickers and we’ll see the way it goes. That’ll be as much as them to determine,” Belichick stated of New England’s new competitors at kicker. “We’ve talked to Nick all through the spring and coaching camp. Issues labored out right here final week so it’s nice to have him. He got here in and did an amazing job for us final yr.”
People swung his proper leg for the Patriots final season after Stephen Gostkowski was misplaced for the yr. Together with the playoffs, he hit 16 of his 19 subject purpose makes an attempt and all of his 13 further factors over eight video games, and is now again to compete towards the fifth-round choose in 2020.
It sounds just like the People would have been in camp rather a lot earlier, however outdoors elements acquired in the way in which of him rejoining the crew till the weekend.
“Issues simply didn’t work out till not too long ago with Nick. I’m glad they did and I’m glad he’s right here. We’ll see the way it seems. Each of these guys will get as a lot alternative as we may give them,” stated Belichick. “We’ve been speaking to Nick since March, so it’s not one thing that simply got here up a number of days in the past. It’s been an ongoing dialog for a few months.”
People and Rohrwasser have shared kicking duties during the last two days. There are 11 days left till Belichick and has workers have to chop down the roster, and with no preseason video games to indicate off their leg, splitting the uprights at follow is all of the kickers need to earn their job.
Whereas the Patriots have been probably hoping for long-term stability on the place once they drafted Rohrwasser, bringing within the 35-year-old People is an efficient security web. It also needs to give Rohrwasser just a little extra motivation each time he takes the sphere.
Belichick stated that the Patriots are hitting the “canine days of coaching camp” on Wednesday, and now’s the time when positional competitions actually come into focus.
“We’ll get an excellent probability going ahead to guage the place all people is at and the way they’re doing relative to their competitors at their place or competitors on the opposite facet of the ball,” stated Belichick. “We’re ready the place gamers know what they’re doing, what they’re working with, and we’ll see how the competitors unfolds at each place.”