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Could 49ers castoff be the Patriots' answer for kicking issues?

Could 49ers castoff be the Patriots' answer for kicking issues?

"We’ll look at our options and do what we feel like is best for the team based on what our options are."

That's how Bill Belichick answered a question about New England's kicking situation Tuesday morning. The Patriots currently doesn't have a kicker on their roster after releasing Kai Forbath — their fourth kicker of the season — on Monday.

But could San Francisco have dropped a solution in Belichick's lap Tuesday? 

The 49ers waived Chase McLaughlin Tuesday with Robbie Gould healthy again and back in the Niners lineup.

McLaughlin is a perfect 15-for-15 on extra points this season for the Chargers and 49ers. That's much better than the Patriots, who have an 83.3 percent success rate on PATs, the second-worst mark in the league.

And while McLaughlin has converted on a 50-yard field goal this season — something none of the Patriots' four kickers have been able to do — McLaughlin is also responsible for one of the worst misses in the NFL this season, a 47-yarder in overtime that would have given San Francisco a key division win over Seattle. 

So is McLaughlin the answer? At the very least, he's a candidate for the Patriots to consider before Sunday's showdown against the Chiefs.

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Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

The NFL's roster merry-go-round never stops, and the Patriots kept busy on the transaction wire Wednesday by signing three players to their practice squad: DE Eric Lee, DB Adarius Pickett, and K Josh Gable.

Gable's addition is the most out-of-the-box, as Phil Perry explained earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old never played college football, but made a name for himself with compilations of trick shot videos on YouTube. Gable most recently played for the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League, where he went 6-for-16 on field goals and 50-for-57 on extra points.

The Patriots had brought him in for a workout earlier this season, but ultimately signed Mike Nugent, who only lasted four games.

As for Lee, this marks his second stint in Foxboro. New England signed the 25-year-old late in the 2017 season, and he racked up 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and an interception in his first two games.

He played in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, but didn't survive roster cuts for the 2018 season. He bounced on and off the Lions active roster and practice squad over the last two seasons.

Pickett, the final practice squad addition, is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who spent some time with the Bears and Chargers earlier this year.

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Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Asante Samuel spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in New England, where apparently he tested Bill Belichick's patience with his locker room antics.

The former Patriots cornerback took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell a funny story about how he gambled every day while with the Pats. Samuel claims he'd play dominoes after practice, much to the chagrin of Belichick, who apparently hated the game so much he stole a domino so no one could play anymore.

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Read Samuel's story below:

Sounds pretty on-brand for the longtime Patriots head coach.

Samuel was a key member of two Patriots Super Bowl teams (XXXVIII and XXXIX), so it doesn't seem his dominoes games were too much of a distraction. The four-time Pro Bowler tallied 22 interceptions during his tenure in New England, including a 10-INT season in 2006.

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