BOSTON (CBS) — Within the wake of Stephen Gostkowski’s season-ending IR placement on Wednesday, the Patriots are doubtless to decide on their subsequent kicker on Thursday. Whereas the record of candidates consists of numerous names, there’s just one that might be thought of enjoyable.
That identify could be Josh Gable, identified principally (or totally) for his trick shot kicking movies on YouTube.
Based on NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, Gable is being introduced in for a exercise in Foxboro on Thursday.
The #Patriots are understanding extra kickers right this moment, bringing in FA Younghoe Koo and… this man: Josh Gable, whose YouTube movies are bananas. The previous kicker for the Nebraska Hazard of the IFL spent one rookie minicamp in NE. https://t.co/FcHhYpVXPt and https://t.co/igu3Gffj6I
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2019
This isn’t Invoice Belichick’s first foray into the world of the YouTube trick shot artist, because the Patriots invited Gable to minicamp in 2017.
A former skilled soccer participant, Gable didn’t play school soccer, however he has since completed some skilled kicking within the Indoor Soccer League. Based on the IFL’s website, Gable efficiently kicked simply 57 p.c of his 28 field-goal makes an attempt in 2017 whereas going 40-for-47 (85 p.c) on PAT makes an attempt.
These stats don’t sound nice, however we’re no specialists on Indoor Soccer League kicking averages. These goalposts are fairly tight, ?
What we are specialists on is watching completely candy YouTube movies. And in relation to Gable’s YouTube movies? Oh, are they ever completely candy.
Oh man. If ever the Patriots want somebody to make use of a tee and kick a ball off a light-weight submit, Gable is their man. (Why did Lit begin taking part in on the finish of that? The world could by no means know.)
Most of these kicks would seem to have completely no worth in a soccer recreation. However that’s neither right here nor there, now’s it?
Now, with no person else on the sphere trying to block his kick, with out 70,000 followers hooting and hollering, with out wind/rain/snow to make life troublesome, that video doesn’t essentially imply that Gable can kick subject targets from his personal 30-yard line.
If extra conventional kicking movies are extra your factor, he’s acquired that, too.
OK, OK, OK, I hear you. I can hear you all screaming: “However what about his movies from the Tucson Sugar Skulls?!” I do know, it’s been egregious to not have included the apparent footage so far. However concern not, it’s on-line.
(Gable went 6-for-16 on subject targets with the Sugar Skulls, and 50-for-57 on PATs. Once more, that doesn’t sound nice, however the Sugar Skulls’ different kicker went 1-for-14 on subject aim makes an attempt, which is … decidedly worse.)
Gable additionally has an Instagram web page, stuffed with sweeeeet movies (together with some hype movies for his kickoffs, which had been notably gratifying). Like this one.
If doing that in a recreation is just not technically unlawful, it’s straightforward to check Belichick calling for it on Monday Night time Soccer.
Eh. By no means thoughts. Doesn’t look like a excessive share play anymore.
Did you catch that caption? It stated “wind-aided.” That’s the kind of humility that can play effectively within the Patriots locker room.
Once more, a few of these kicks aren’t actually authorized within the NFL. Not essentially. However possibly as a substitute of kicking right into a internet, Gable may reinvent the sport of kicker follow on the sidelines.
Jokes apart, there’s no denying that the man has himself a robust leg. And he likes the Backstreet Boys. There’s actually no purpose for him to not be within the NFL already.
Realistically, the Patriots are likeliest to signal an NFL kicker. However with Belichick nonetheless working the present — the identical Belichick who drafted a rugby participant, who transformed an All-American wrestler right into a stable offensive lineman, who transformed Julian Edelman from a school quarterback to a dynamic receiver, who used kick returner/vast receiver Cordarrelle Patterson as an efficient working again, who gleefully instructed Doug Flutie to pull off that dropkick that one time, and who at the moment employs a Division II defensive again as his punt returner/vast receiver in Gunner Olszewski — an outside-the-box transfer like this one can’t be dominated out.
Even an old style soccer man like Belichick can admit that these movies are candy.
UPDATE: Sadly for everybody, it appears as if the Patriots have gone the boring, totally-not-sweet route by signing veteran kicker Mike Nugent.