Mark Daniels, The Providence Journal
Published 11:06 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019 | Updated 11:08 a.m. ET Dec. 12, 2019
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With kicker Nick Folk coming back after having an appendectomy, the Patriots brought in some insurance on Wednesday, signing kicker Josh Gable to their practice squad.
Gable is known for his trick shots on YouTube. In one video, he can be seen hitting field goals from 70, 75 and 80 yards while kicking off a tee. The 28-year-old doesn’t have a lot of experience. Gable kicked for three years at Kearney High School in Nebraska, but was also a standout soccer player. Instead of attending college, he played professional soccer in Italy and Belgium. After soccer he returned to kicking, in 2017, kicking for the Indoor Football League.
The Patriots do have experience with Gable. They invited him in for a rookie minicamp tryout in 2017. Gable also had a tryout with the Indianapolis Colts that year. This year, Gable was one of seven initial kickers to tryout for the Patriots after Stephen Gostkowski went down with a season-ending hip injury. He also tried out for the Chicago Bears this past offseason.
This year, Gable played in a football league called The Spring League and then for the Tucson Sugar Skulls in the Indoor Football League. His long for the Sugar Skulls was 45 yards. In the spring league, he hit a long of 50 yards. (You can view all his attempts here.)
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Folk needed an appendectomy on Thanksgiving morning. That forced the Patriots to sign and use Kai Forbath for one game. Folk returned this past weekend to kick against Kansas City. He made one field goal from 29 yards, but had another attempt blocked.