[UPDATE 10/03/2019; 10:16 am ET] The Patriots are expected to sign Mike Nugent. For more details, please click here.
With Stephen Gostkowski out for the rest of the year, the New England Patriots’ search for a replacement is in full swing. After already bringing five kickers in for tryouts on Wednesday, the team had two more in town on Thursday morning: as first reported by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Younghoe Koo had a workout with the Patriots; the team also brought in Josh Gable per ESPN’s Field Yates. Let’s take a closer look at the two men.
Younghoe Koo originally joined the NFL as an undrafted rookie signing by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017. After going up against veteran Josh Lambo during training camp, the Georgia Southern product was able to win the job. However, he did not hold it for long: while he made all nine of his extra point attempts during the Chargers’ first four games, he was just 3-of-6 on field goal tries.
L.A. parted ways with him afterwards and Koo spent the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 out of football. He started 2019 in the newly-formed AAF and was perfect by making all 14 of his field goals before the league — that did not have extra points — folded.
Josh Gable is no stranger to the Patriots: the former professional soccer player, who started his football career with the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League, was brought in for a tryout in 2017. New England did not sign him at the time and he ultimately returned to the IFL and also saw action with the developmental Spring League. Apparently, however, he impressed the team enough to get another call now.