'No limitations' for kicker Gostkowski

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski's recovery from a torn right quad is on schedule.

"He has no limitations," special teams coach Scott O'Brien said Friday. "He's going through his schedule. Every day there is a certain number of kicks that he would normally do. Every specialist tries to get a number of quality kicks after they warm up, which requires a lot of other kicks just to get ready to perform. He's had his numbers and he's increasing that like he would any time."

Gostkowski is joined in camp by former UMass kicker Chris Koepplin, with Koepplin handling the kickoff duties during practice to this point. But O'Brien said Gostkowski has performed kickoffs on his own.

Elsewhere, O'Brien spoke about various special teamers on the Patriots' roster, including Julian Edelman, Rob Ninkovich, Brandon Tate, Matthew Slater, Taylor Price and rookie Malcolm Williams. Asked about Tate and the kickoff return fading a bit after a hot start in 2010, O'Brien said, "When you have success early, it becomes harder, it doesn't become easier because now everybody is looking for you."

O'Brien lauded Ninkovich, who handled snapping duties early in camp before Matt Katula returned, saying he is "worth his weight in gold." He also had praise for Slater and the skills and passion he brings to his special teams work -- "fast, big and physical."

O'Brien also smiled when asked about tutoring Stephen Belichick, who is on the Rutgers football roster as a snapper.