Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed five field goals and three extra points for the New England Patriots last season, arguably the worst of his career. But is he really in danger of losing his job this year?
Ok, glad I got your attention. In case you missed it, kicker Stephen Gostkowski could have some competition during rookie mini camp for the New England Patriots starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.
The Patriots have not only invited former second-round draft picks in defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and safety Taylor Mays. Count trick-shot kicker Josh Gable as maybe the most interesting man among the camp’s invitees.
That’s right, a former Nebraska high school standout is getting a chance to impress New England head coach Bill Belichick. According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reis, the 26-year-old Gable previously decided to chase his dream of playing international soccer instead of college football. Now, he is pursuing another dream of making the NFL after a successful stint with the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League.
Gable’s agent Brad Berkowitz has been trying to sell his client to NFL teams, and the Patriots are one of them willing to take a look. If you watch some of Gable’s videos, you will probably understand why. One shows him making field goals up to 80 yards. Another features a Thanksgiving trick shot. Enjoy the show below.
Any NFL team without a reliable kicker should probably give Gable an opportunity to showcase his skills in person. It may come as a bit of a surprise that New England is doing just that, but why not? Gostkowski’s job may in fact be safe. However, there is always a chance you could learn more about your competition too (i.e. Robbie Gould).