Well, it appears Bill Belichick has seen enough of veteran kicker Mike Nugent. The Patriots have decided to make yet another change at the position.
New England has relied on Stephen Gostkowski for several years, but he’s currently on injured reserve due to a season-ending hip injury. In an effort to keep their kicking game afloat, the Patriots previously signed Nugent to a one-year deal.
Over the course of four weeks in Foxborough, Nugent has converted only five-of-eight field goal attempts. He struggled mightily on Sunday against the Browns as he missed two field goals.
Special teams is so valuable to the Patriots every season, which is exactly why the team is deciding to move on from Nugent.
Albert Breer broke the news that New England is cutting Nugent.
The Patriots are cutting K Mike Nugent, per sources.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 29, 2019
It’ll be interesting to see who the Patriots sign to take Nugent’s place. Veteran kicker Matt Bryant was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday morning, and it’s possible he might be intrigued by the idea of winning a title in New England.
While the focus in New England is currently on what the front office does before the trade deadline, it’s important that Belichick finds a trustworthy kicker for the second half of the season.