Patriots Blog: Gold Stars And Black Thumb Prints

August 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Blog: Gold Stars And Black Thumb Prints
" BOSTON (CBS) – After each Patriots game, Levan Reid will be handing out “Gold Stars” and the “Black Thumb Prints” to the players that have earned them.

Here are his “Gold Stars and Black Thumb Prints” for New England’s 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

Gold Stars:

- Deion Branch gets a gold star. Three catches for 51 yards and he saw plenty of playing time. Branch has heard the footsteps this preseason and many have him on the roster bubble. His play on Monday night may have been just what he needed to stamp out his worth for this team. The catches came on third downs and produced fresh sets of downs for the offensive. His game remains clutch.

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- Stephen Gostkowski earned a gold star for his golden boot. It’s easy to take the kicking game for granted until they mess up in a big spot, and then we are all over them. Gostkowski made kicks from 51, 35, 55 on Monday night and made them look easy. That’s a solid night for any kicker "

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