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Special teams captain Matthew Slater: ‘Very disappointed’ with performance vs. Eagles 12.06.15 at 10:06 pm ET
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Darren Sproles returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown, one of two special teams touchdowns allowed by the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darren Sproles returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown, one of two special teams touchdowns allowed by the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Patriots themselves are not a team to place blame on one unit for the loss of a single game, but looking at Sunday’s 35-28 loss to the Eagles, the special teams group were a major reason why.

Uncharacteristically, New England’s special teams allowed two touchdowns when the Eagles scored 35 consecutive points between the end of the first half and the start of the fourth quarter.

Special teams captain Matthew Slater knows that is not what the group is about and wasn’t pleased with the performance.

“Obviously, very disappointed with the way we went out there and played tonight,” Slater said. “We feel like we have to do better than that. We take a lot of pride in what we do and we put a lot of time into it. It’s obviously disappointing, but we’re not going to turn on one another. We’re not going to point fingers and everyone has to get better. Needless to say, we’re very disappointed. We feel like we hurt our team tonight.”

Leading 7-0 and getting the ball at their seven-yard line with 1:32 left in the half, the Patriots were looking to run out the clock and go into the half up 14-7 and getting the ball to start the second half. The offense was forced to punt with just 19 seconds left on the clock and it was blocked by Chris Maragos and recovered by Najee Goode, who ran it back for a touchdown to tie the game at 14 going into the half.

“Honestly, my main job is to focus on what I need to do during every single rep that we have,” punter Ryan Allen said. “I’m going to have to go back and look at the tape, but I just have to focus on what I need to do.”

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New dad Matthew Slater getting some sleep thanks to better half: ‘My wife’s been taking it easy on me’ 12.04.15 at 6:09 pm ET
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Matthew Slater is handling life in the NFL as a new dad. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Matthew Slater is handling life in the NFL as a new dad. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Anytime someone becomes a parent for the first time, the experience can be overwhelming. Imagine throwing an NFL career into the mix.

Matthew Slater has been juggling both since Nov. 25, when he became a father for the first time. He and his wife, Shahrzad, a physician, welcomed Jeremiah into the world.

“You can’t really put into words how special that is,” Slater said. “My wife and I had the experience of our lives, aside from getting married. We’re very thankful to have our son. It really changes your perspective on a lot of things, when you have a little one that depending on you for a lot of things. We’re very thankful. The Lord has really blessed us and we’re really excited about this time as a family.”

Has fatherhood tired out the finely-tuned NFL athlete?

“My wife’s been taking it easy on me. She takes the night shifts. She’s letting me get my rest,” Slater said gratefully.

Some of his teammates and former players have helped Slater get through the first two weeks.

“Certainly. Had a number of questions for Scott Chandler, Nate Solder and my dad,” Slater said. “It’s been a tremendous experience. I’m just so thankful.”

Slater, the special teams captain, will have to get his rest this weekend as he and his special teams mates will have to contain the dangerous Darren Sproles and gunner Seyi Ajirotutu.

“It’s no mystery. Sproles has been doing this for a long time and he’s been doing it at a high level ever since he came into this league so he poses a lot of challenges for us as a coverage unit,” Slater said. “Dave Fipp, their special teams coordinator does a really great job.

“The culture down there has really changed over the last couple of years. When they brought in Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman and they got Trey Burton. They’ve got a lot of guys like Ajirotutu all buying into what they do. They’ve put a premium on playing well in the kicking game. We almost feel like we’re playing ourselves because this is a great group. It’s going to be a challenge for us.”

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Matthew Slater says NFLPA remains ‘very conscious’ of player safety issues at 5:46 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Some eyebrows were raised this week when it was learned that the NFL and NFL Players Association were holding a mandatory conference call for players at noon Eastern Friday.

Patriots player rep Matthew Slater was in on the call Friday and said it was not as dramatic as the initial reports might have led many to believe.

Slater said it was merely an opportunity for Players Association president DeMaurice Smith to formally connect with players and the league over general safety issues and concerns the players may have.

“Without going into too much detail, I think our union has always worked toward doing what’s best for our players as far as health, safety and overall player wellness,” Slater said. “And I think that’s been something Dee has been passionate about since he’s gotten into office, and I think that’s something that needs to continue. You’re never going to reach a point of satisfaction with that. It’s something that is ever-evolving, ever-changing. Little things like that hopefully, at the end of the day, will help us make progress towards ultimately a great situation for our players.”

Will there be visible changes in the way safety rules are implemented?

“It remains to be seen. I don’t want to really get into the details of it,” Slater said. “I think the nature of it is a little bit different than what you may think.”

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Matthew Slater on OM&F: ‘No time to feel sorry for ourselves’ 11.30.15 at 12:58 pm ET
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Patriots special teams star Matthew Slater checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to chat about the Patriots’ overtime loss to the Broncos and the injury to Rob Gronkowski. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Slater said he did not get much sleep after the Sunday night loss.

“It’s tough when you lose like a game like that and you feel like you played well enough to win,” he lamented. “But that’s that way it goes sometimes.”

Slater said the message from Bill Belichick after the game was a positive one.

“We went out there and we knew it was going to be a tough game for us, but we competed well,” Slater said of Belichick’s message. “We’ve got to be proud of the fact that we went out there and competed well. And also we have to to understand our football team, all our goals that we want to accomplish on the season are still out there for us. So, no time to feel sorry for ourselves. [We’ve] got to bounce back and have a good week against Philly.”

Gronkowski was injured in the fourth quarter of the game, and based on his reaction there were fears that it was a serious injury. However, reports since then indicate he might not miss much action.

“I think he seemed tired just like the rest of us,” Slater said with a laugh of how Gronkowski appeared on the plane ride home. “I can’t speak to what’s going on with him. I haven’t had a chance to visit with him, I don’t really know what’s going on. I guess we’re all waiting to see what happens.”

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Matthew Slater: ‘No one is going to feel sorry for us’ at 2:44 am ET
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DENVER — While fingers are crossed all around New England for the health and well-being of Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Slater has been around long enough to know that there won’t be any pity parties anytime soon in the NFL for the two latest injuries to the Patriots.

On Sunday night the Patriots lost linebacker Dont’a Hightower and Gronkowski to knee injuries. Hightower left in the first half and returned to the sideline with a large white wrap on his left knee. Rob Gronkowski was hit by Broncos safety Darian Stewart with just under three minutes left in the game and the Patriots leading, 21-17.

To see both players go down after already losing Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola is hard to take for Slater.

“It’€™s a tough pill to swallow,” Slater said. “The way this season has gone. Regardless of the health of this football team, no one is going to feel sorry for us. Unfortunately, that’€™s the nature of the game. Injuries are part of it. We feel like we can’€™t catch a break in that department, but I would say no one is feeling sorry for the Patriots.”

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Jamie Collins, Aaron Dobson, Matthew Slater among missing at Patriots walkthrough 11.25.15 at 1:48 pm ET
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Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — Jamie Collins watch continues.

After a backpack appeared at his locker before practice, Collins once again was not present at Patriots practice on Wednesday. Also absent at the walkthrough were: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, special team captain Matthew Slater, cornerback Justin Coleman and wide receiver Julian Edelman.

It is now day 18 for Collins’ mysterious illness. Dobson injured his ankle in Monday’s win and according to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE, isn’t expected to play Sunday against the Broncos. Edelman and Coleman both missed the game against the Bills with Edelman reportedly out at least until the postseason with a broken bone in his foot. Slater finished the game against the Bills, although he’s been banged up a good amount of the year so could be a maintenance day.

The Patriots did get good news with Danny Amenedola being present, although he appeared to be wearing a knee brace on his injured knee, which forced him to leave Monday’s game against the Bills.

New England is preparing for Sunday night’s showdown in Denver against the Broncos.

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‘The Machine,’ ‘War Daddy’ lift Patriots special teams in dramatic win 11.15.15 at 10:15 pm ET
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Stephen Gostkowski follows through on the game-winner to beat the Giants on Sunday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Stephen Gostkowski follows through on the game-winner to beat the Giants on Sunday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In a season when the New England special teamers have managed to distinguish themselves as some of the best in the game, it was perhaps the finest hour for “The Machine” and “War Daddy.”

The Patriots were able to get two game-changing plays from their special teams group in Sunday’s dramatic win over the Giants. The biggest came at the end of the contest when Stephen Gostkowski drilled a dramatic 54-yarder at the buzzer to lift New England to a 27-26 win over New York at MetLife Stadium.

“It’s fun to be in those situations,” said Gostkowski, who has now made 21 straight field goal attempts to open the season. “They don’t come up very often, especially long kicks like that. It’s all about the team here, though: [Danny] Amendola‘s punt return, Tom [Brady] getting us into field goal range. Joe [Cardona] snapping, Ryan [Allen] holding. The guys blocking.

“It’s fun and we all get to celebrate together as a team. That’s what they preach; that’s what they do around here,” he added. “It’s fun, especially to beat a good team like the Giants on the road. We get to fly home happy.”

“Steve — ‘The Machine’ — just continued to be ‘The Machine,'” said special teams captain Matthew Slater.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked what he was thinking when Gostkowski was lining up for the potential game-winner.

“He’s going to hit it,” he said flatly. “He works hard, he practices hard, he’s always working on his kicks. You saw that; it went right in the middle. It would have been good from 60 or so, easily. He’s got a great leg. He’s an unreal kicker.

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