The Patriots Have a Viral 'Trick Shot' Sensation as Their Backup Kicker

john-healy
December 12, 2019 - 4:12 pm

The New England Patriots have had a revolving door of kickers this season — five to be exact — but the one they signed to their practice squad on Wednesday may be the most unique of them all.

Josh Gable, a 29-year-old who has not played a single snap in the NFL, is a former professional soccer player-turned-kicker and a viral sensation for his Youtube trick shot videos.

Gable’s Youtube videos show him doing all sorts of different kicks, which include him hitting 70-, 75- and 80-yard field goals off a tee.

The Patriots are actually quite familiar with Gable. The kicker was invited to a rookie minicamp tryout in 2017, and was one of the seven kickers to tryout for the team earlier this year following Stephen Gostkowksi’s season-ending hip injury.

He has also had tryouts with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and Chicago Bears this past offseason, but has not been able to make a roster.

Gable played in The Spring League — a developmental league — this year, in which he hit a long of 50 yards, and has also spent time in the Indoor Football League with the Nebraska Danger, Iowa Barnstormers and Tucson Sugar Skulls.

However, Gable has not played in any organized football league since high school prior to joining the Indoor Football League in 2019.

After graduating Kearney High School in Nebraska, he signed professionally in Europe where he played in Italy and Belgium before returning to the United States.

Gable will most likely not dress for the Patriots this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as Nick Folk prepares for his second game since his appendectomy.

The Patriots have struggled to find any consistency from the kicking position since Gostkowski went down. Folk is perfect on extra points this season, but is 8-for-11 on field goal attempts, which includes a blocked field goal last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

With how often the Patriots have had to swap kickers, it can’t be ruled out that Gable will get the chance to show if his trick shot skills translate into a game.

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