Hi Mike, where do the Patriots special teams rank in the NFL?
They started off strong but seemed to have trailed off. They seem like a middle of the pack special teams unit. — Ashley (Worcester, Mass.) A: Ashley, this is a good observation and I believe it’s one of Bill Belichick’s big concerns entering Monday’s game as the Jets look like they have an advantage in that area. The Patriots rank 19th in kickoff return average, 11th in punt return average, 21st in kickoff coverage average, and fifth in punt coverage average. Q: Hi Mike, I’m really worried about our kicking game now. Shayne Graham on kickoffs is weak. Do you think Mesko could take the kickoffs? He has a big leg and one day someone is gonna take a kick to the house against us. — Imala (Brisbane, Australia) A: Imala, this has to be a big area of concern for the Patriots this week, given the Jets’ strength. One thing I’d say about Graham is that he is not known for distance on kickoffs, so he needs to be better with his hang time. We saw it against the Lions — his longest kickoff was