By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots continue to work out all kinds of free-agent kickers in their quest to replace Stephen Gostkowski for the rest of the 2019 season. One of the newest workouts has NFL experience, while the other does not – but has worked out for the Pats before. (Update: They have signed Mike Nugent to replace the injured Stephen Gostkowski.)
As reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Thursday, the Patriots have added free-agent kickers Younghoe Koo and Josh Gable to their list of workouts. Koo last kicked in the NFL in 2017 with the Chargers, and most recently played for the Atlanta Legends in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. He tried out for the Bears over the summer, but lost out on the kicker job to Eddy Piñeiro.
Gable, meanwhile, still has no pro football experience and has more of a soccer background. He went viral in 2017 with his trick-shot videos on YouTube, which helped earn him a workout in New England back then.
Koo and Gable join a growing list of kickers that also includes Kai Forbath, Mike Nugent, Blair Walsh, Matthew Wright, and Elliott Fry. The Patriots officially placed Gostkowski on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning they will have someone other than him kicking field goals for the first time since 2010 when they brought in Shayne Graham as an injury replacement. Gostkowski is reportedly dealing with a hip injury that requires season-ending surgery.
Most of the aforementioned names are also likely to just fill in for 2019, with Gostkowski getting an opportunity to come back in 2020. But the Patriots should at least think about the succession plan for the 35-year-old Gostkowski sooner rather than later. Koo is only 25 years old, so perhaps he could be viewed as a potential long-term solution if he’s the one who ends up signing.
With only four days to go until the Patriots have a road tilt against the Washington Redskins, the expectation is they’ll decide on a kicker on Thursday.
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