Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in unfamiliar territory this week. It’s not the opponent. They don’t play the Washington Redskins often, but they’ve won the last three meetings, most recently in 2015. For the first time since the 2010 season, someone other than Stephen Gostkowski will be kicking for the Patriots.
Patriots Audition YouTube Star to Replace Injured Kicker
Right now, the plan is for Mike Nugent to take over for Gostowski. But the team is not done auditioning kickers.
One of the two they are bringing in on Thursday is known for his kicking, but not because he made a bunch of clutch field goals in college or at his last NFL stop.
His name is Josh Gable, and he has a sensational trick shot video on YouTube.
IR for Patriots Kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Non-Patriots fans may be wondering what happened to the second kicker the Patriots have had in the last 24 years (they’ve had three if you count Shayne Graham; he stepped in for Gostowski in 2010). The 14-year veteran is headed to the season-ending IR due to a hamstring injury.
According to reports, Gostowski has been trying to manage the pain from the injury, so it is nothing new resulting from any particular play.
While he was off to a good start kicking field goals this season (7-of-8 with a long of 41 yards), he had missed four extra points. He only missed one last season and two the year before. Since the extra point was moved back to the 15-yard line in 2015, he had missed just six of 198 attempts (prior to this season).
His injury means some other lucky kicker will have an incredible opportunity for the remainder of the season.