The Patriots lost special teams captain Matthew Slater to a broken wrist, which he suffered in the team’s 13-10 win over the New York Jets back in Week 2. Six weeks later Slater is ready for action.
“Fully healthy ready to go just glad to be back up there on that field, I missed being out there with my teammates,” said Slater when he joined Gresh & Zo on Wednesday.
His stellar play on both kickoff and punt coverage earned him a spot in the last two Pro Bowls, and the team will be glad to get him back in the fold.
The guys took a look back at this Week 7 loss to the Jets and the penalty against the Patriots in overtime. Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones was flagged for a penalty after the Jets missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime.
Jones was called for pushing a teammate into the Jets’ formation. This call gave New York a first down and another 15 yards. A few plays later the Jets connected on a 42-yarder to give them a 30-27 overtime win. What did Slater think of the call?
“It’s obviously a tough way to lose a game, but it didn’t come down to that play it was 20 to 30 plays throughout the course of the game that we could have made differently that would have determined the outcome differently. You can’t put it on one play or one guy and we’ve got to move on from that and we got to focus in on playing the Dolphins this week.”
Many fans were unaware of the rule and even some analysts. How do the players find out about these types of rule changes and does the league do a good job of communicating?
“We get the updates from the league, they’ll send in a video with rule changes and points of emphasis and even throughout the course of the season they’ll send in a video or something like that to kind of update us…There’s communication between the league and teams obviously and the league usually does a good job of that.”
The guys also took some time to look to this Sunday’s game with the Dolphins. What has Slater seen from the tape on the Miami Dolphins?