Can't say the Patriots aren't doing their homework.
In yet another sign that Bill Belichick and his staff are willing to search far and wide for players -- remember when tape of a Division 2 corner helped them win Super Bowl XLIX less than a year later, or when a college wreslter turned into a three-time Super Bowl champion offensive lineman? -- the Patriots will work out kicker Josh Gable at their upcoming rookie minicamp, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Gable has played most recently for the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League, an independent developmental league. He's posted a series of trick-shot kicking videos online that currently boast thousands of views. Among the highlights are clips of him drilling field goals from 70 yards away.
After bouncing around Europe playing professional soccer, the Nebraska native latched on with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League in 2015, per Reiss. The 26-year-old has since moved on to the Danger because it's closer to home.
The Patriots obviously have an established kicker in Stephen Gostkowski, but they're not beyond doing their due diligence on players they believe could have some promise -- regardless of position they play.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.