Report: Patriots to sign K Nugent


The New England Patriots plan to sign kicker Mike Nugent to replace the injured Stephen Gostkowski, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Nugent joined fellow kickers Kai Forbath, Elliott Fry, Blair Walsh and Matthew Wright in working out for the Patriots (4-0) earlier in the week.

New England reportedly also brought in former Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo and Josh Gable, who spent a minicamp with the Patriots in 2017, on Thursday morning. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots planned to sign Koo to the team’s practice squad.

Nugent last kicked for the Oakland Raiders, making all six field-goal attempts and 4 of 5 extra-point tries in three games last season before landing on injured reserve with an ailing hip.

The 37-year-old Nugent is 253 of 311 (81.4 percent) from field goal-range and 363 of 377 (96.3 percent) on extra-point tries in 134 career contests for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Raiders.

The Patriots placed Gostkowski on injured reserve Wednesday with a left hip injury. Schefter reported the kicker would be ready for the 2020 season.

Gostkowski, in his 14th season as New England’s kicker, missed four extra-point attempts in 15 tries in 2019. He made 7 of 8 field-goal attempts, with a long of 41 yards.

The 35-year-old has helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls since the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as a replacement for Adam Vinatieri, who had left for the Indianapolis Colts.

Gostkowski has made 374 of 428 (87.4 percent) field-goal attempts in his career, including 25 of 35 from 50-plus yards. He is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was chosen first-team All-Pro in 2008 and 2015.

He has not missed a game since 2010.