Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
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Pats sign veteran kicker Nugent to replace Gostkowski

Pats sign veteran kicker Nugent to replace Gostkowski

Nugent, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round (47th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, was one of seven kickers that New England looked at over the past two days.

New England is the ninth National Football League stop for the 37-year-old Nugent, who likely will handle kicking duties Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

After narrowing down their main option choices, the Patriots have elected to go with Nugent as Gostkowski's replacement, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

He has never won a playoff game but comes to New England having made 81.4 percent of his career field-goal attempts and 96.3 percent of his extra-point attempts.

The Patriots also signed kicker Younghoe Koo to their practice squad, according to Schefter.

Nugent is reportedly being brought in to replace long-time field-goal kicker Stephen Gostkowski who was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a hip injury.

However, Nugent hasn't been a team's full-time kicker since the 2016 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. As long as the 35-year-old Gostkowski can bounce back from his injury, he should assume duties as the Patriots' kicker next year. He appeared in three games with the Raiders last season, connecting on all six of his field-goal attempts, while going 4 of 5 on extra points. While he hasn't been hyped up as a huge part of the team winning Super Bowls, teams rely on their kickers in clutch situations all the time. This year he's missed four extra points.

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