One of the interesting tryout players to watch is internet sensation Josh Gable, who is a trick shot kicker that was invited for a tryout at New England Patriots camp.
One of the reasons for the success of the New England Patriots over the past 15 years is because of their solid play on special teams. Even though special teams sometimes is forgotten behind the flashiness of offense and defense, the unit is a very important one.
Good special teams can flip field position in an instant, and also make big plays to spark a team. The Patriots have always valued the special teams unit, and to no surprise, they are usually one of the best in the league.
This offseason, they recently invited trick shot kicker Josh Gable to their rookie minicamp for a tryout. Gable is currently the kicker for the Nebraska Danger in the indoor football league.
Matt Barrie of ESPN recently interviewed Gable, and he was able to adapt to the Patriots way rather quickly.
“I don’t think I’m supposed to speak on that, but I feel like it was a pretty good distance,” he responded.
“Everything is top secret there.”
All kidding aside, Gable is certainly trying to prove that he can be a kicker in the NFL. With a lot of skill and a strong leg, Gable might be able to impress a team, including the Patriots.
“I felt like it went well. I got great feedback from the coaches,” Gable said on SportsCenter. “Joe Judge, the head special-teams coach, we basically talked through everything. He helped me out with a lot.”
As of now, Stephen Gostkowski is the only kicker on the 90-man roster for the New England Patriots. Gostkowski has been the kicker for the Patriots since the 2006 season, but he is coming off arguably his worst season in the NFL.
Last season, Gostkowski missed three extra points and five field goals. While his 84.4 field percentage isn’t awful, Gostkowski did miss two kicks inside the 30-39-yard range, which is usually automatic.
Even though it might take a lot to dethrone Gostkowski, Gable might be able to impress the coaches. With Gostkowski coming off a down season, change could be on the way.