|Offense||11th||107.9 (18th)||257.6 (9th)|
|Defense||13th||104.3 (9th)||239.8 (17th)|
Sun Sep 7
|L 33 - 20||at MIA|
Sun Sep 14
|W 30 - 7||at MIN|
Sun Sep 21
|W 16 - 9||OAK|
Mon Sep 29
|L 41 - 14||at KC|
Sun Oct 5
|W 43 - 17||CIN|
Sun Oct 12
|W 37 - 22||at BUF|
Thu Oct 16
|W 27 - 25||NYJ|
Sun Oct 26
|W 51 - 23||CHI|
Sun Nov 2
|W 43 - 21||DEN|
Sun Nov 16
|W 42 - 20||at IND|
Sun Nov 23
|W 34 - 9||DET|
Sun Nov 30
|L 26 - 21||at GB|
Sun Dec 7
|W 23 - 14||at SD|
Sun Dec 14
|W 41 - 13||MIA|
Sun Dec 21
|W 17 - 16||at NYJ|
Sun Dec 28
|L 17 - 9||BUF|
Sat Jan 10
|W 35 - 31||BAL|
Sun Jan 18
|W 45 - 7||IND|
Sun Feb 1
|W 28 - 24||at SEA|
In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCourty said he didn't have much information on what the Patriots would do and was going off of various media reports that came down to the organization deciding whether to franchise him or Gostkowski.
Now that Gostkowski is ineligible from hitting the free agent market, McCourty will test the waters beginning on March 10.
"I guess it's more realistic now that [there's] a chance that I might not be back there," McCourty said. "Or there's still a chance that I will, but I guess [there's] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place. Still, keeping an open mind and trying to enjoy the process."
In 2014, McCourty recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions.
It's the third time the team has used the franchise tag on a kicker, having previously tagged Adam Vinatier in 2002 and 2005. The designation puts Gostkowski in line to earn $4.126 million in 2015. He mae 35 of his 37 field goals in 2014, and his 94.6 percent rate was the best of his career.
With Gostkowski being tagged, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who was a strong candidate to receive the tag, is set to reach free agency on March 10 if he doesn't re-sign with the team before free agency opens.
A franchise tag for a kicker would be an estimated $4.5 million, while tagging a cornerback would cost about $9.5 million. If no long-term deal can be reached and neither player is tagged, they'll become free agents March 10.
Gray overslept and was late for practice, and coach Bill Belichick didn't give him another chance to showcase his skills. Gray was inactive for the Super Bowl.
Gray learned his lesson. "The tough part for me was to watch it, and not participate in a matter I thought I should," he told Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. "But it's motivation going into the offseason. I just know I need to work harder, so I'll never get myself in that position again."
Still on the Patriots, Gray believes he'll get a clean slate next season, and he's spending the offseason preparing himself for the opportunity.
I tell them, I'm going to have a Jerry Rice/Walter Payton mentality where whatever you do isn't enough," Gray said. "I'm going to have a work ethic where I know, in my heart of hearts, I'm going to outwork everybody. That's what I hope to achieve
"I'm excited about it," Ridley told Sirius XM Radio Friday. "As a player coming into the league, you get there and your first contract you kind of have to establish yourself and see what you can do. Everybody is a good player if you get to make it to the NFL, but there is something to be said if you get to that second contract."
Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.
"Where I'll be playing, and who I'll be playing for, is still unknown, but I know I've come in and done my job up to this point and now I have to put it in my agent's hands to get me on another team, or stay where I'm at, and make sure I’m in pads playing ball somewhere next year. I know if you think about it too much it will worry you sick."
Ridley has played in 20 of a possible 32 games the last two seasons, starting in just 11 of them.
"I take it personal to any team or anybody that says I can't be a very productive player on whatever team I land on," he said. "I've been playing ball my whole life, I'm going to come in and be a leader, and I'm going to be a guy that comes in and busts his butt in the weight room and busts his butt on the field. I'm a good teammate, I have fun with my guys, but when the lights come on Sundays, it's all business and I plan on going out there and making plays."
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