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News Blitz 10/14: Areas to improve

A hot topic of talk-radio discussion this week has been the relative struggles of Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who's missed three field goals already this season (he's gone entire seasons missing that many in the past).

The Boston Globe went in search of answers to Gostkowski's seemingly mental and mechanical slump.

"Even when you play a position like kicking it's a challenge in both aspects, whether you're doing good or bad," he said. "It's a tough job. You've got to be very efficient at it and when you're not, you've just got to figure out a way to get back at it."

The Boston Herald examines why WR Julian Edelman hasn't had a major impact yet on offense this season.

"As long as we can go out and do what we have to do, execute, everyone does their job, that's usually when things go the best. That's what we're going to try and do," Edelman declared.

Continuing the struggling theme, NESN.com looks at New England's defensive difficulties in the red zone so far in 2016.

Woodrow Hamilton enjoyed a memorable NFL debut against Cleveland, so The Providence Journal sought him out to learn more about the rookie defensive lineman.

"Get up, come to work, focus on getting better," Hamilton said in part. "I try to control what I can control."

Meanwhile, the NFL playoffs – playoffs?! – are already on WEEI.com's agenda. A columnist suggests that the AFC picture could be resolved sooner than you think.

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