Younghoe Koo joined fellow kicker Mike Nugent on the New England Patriots’ practice fields Friday.
His reported arrival as part of the practice squad is now official.
The Patriots announced the release of rookie wide receiver Kelvin McKnight as the corresponding move to make room for Koo.
McKnight, who signed to New England’s practice squad on Wednesday, spent the preseason with the Denver Broncos after going undrafted out of Samford. The 5-foot-8, 186-pound McKnight finished his collegiate career the school’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 43 yards while with the Broncos this August.
Koo was among seven kickers hosted by the Patriots for workouts this week in wake of Stephen Gostkowski’s placement on injured reserve. The 25-year-old will accompany Nugent, the No. 47 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, who signed to the active roster on Thursday.
Originally entering as an undrafted free agent by way of Georgia Southern in 2017, Koo appeared in four regular-season games for the Los Angeles Chargers that fall. He would log the early part of 2019 with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football, and scored the first points in AAF history.
Koo went 14-for-14 on field goals before the league suspended operations.