Patriots reportedly invite kicker known for viral trick-shot videos to minicamp
Who says Bill Belichick is all substance and no style? The New England Patriots apparently are leaving no stone unturned in their search for talent, inviting kicker Josh Gable, who is known for his trick-shot videos, to their upcoming minicamp, ESPN reported Thursday.
Gable, a 26-year-old Nebraska native, has been showing off his considerable skills for the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League and on social media, where he’s displayed his leg strength, creativity and accuracy.
Gable’s agent, Brad Berkowitz, told ESPN that his client was named second-team all-state as a freshman and first-team all-star as a sophomore and senior in high school, opting not to play his junior year to work out with the U.S. national soccer team.
Gable played soccer in Italy after high school, competing in First Division while playing in both Belgium and Italy. He returned to the U.S. and joined the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League in 2015 before playing for the Danger, being named Special Teams Player of the Week in late March after hitting all seven of his extra-point attempts and both of his field goals.
The Patriots currently have four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the roster.
This isn’t the first time an NFL team has reached out to a kicker-turned-viral-star. The Lions signed Havard Rugland, who also went by the moniker “Kickalicious”, in 2013.
Rugland went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts in his first two weeks of the preseason, including a 50-yarder, but Detroit cut him before the regular season.