Nugent will be just the third player to kick for the Patriots this decade. Shayne Graham took over for eight games in the 2010 season after Gostkowski suffered a thigh injury.
Here’s what you need to know about Nugent:
■ Nugent, 37, was drafted by the Jets in the second round (47th overall) in 2005. He has spent 14 seasons in the league, most recently kicking for the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He is 253 for 311 (81.4 percent) on field goals and 363 for 377 (96.1 percent) on extra points over stints with the New York Jets (2005-08), Arizona Cardinals (2009), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Cincinnati Bengals (2010-16), Chicago Bears (2017), Dallas Cowboys (2017), and Raiders (2018).
■ He suffered a thigh injury in 2008, in the first game of his fourth season with the Jets. He lost his starting job to Jay Feely, and moved on to sign with the Bucs in 2009. After being released by the Bucs, he signed with the Cardinals in December 2009. He spent less than a month with Arizona.
■ The most memorable span of Nugent’s career came with the Bengals, with whom he spent seven seasons. It was with the Bengals that he hit his career-long field goal — 57 yards in a first-round playoff game against the Colts in January 2015.
■ His career long for a regular-season field goal is 55 yards — with the Bengals in 2012 and the Bears in 2017 — but he is only 13 for 30 (43.3 percent) in his career from 50 or more yards.
■ He is 7 for 8 on field goals in the postseason, but his teams are 0-5 in playoff games.
■ He is 6 for 7 on field goals and 10 for 10 on extra points at Gillette Stadium.
■ He is an Ohio native and played for Jim Tressel at Ohio State from 2001-04. At Ohio State, Nugent won the Lou Groza Award in 2004 for best college kicker and was part of the 2002 national championship team. He won All-America-honors once and was named to the All-Big Ten first team twice. In addition, he broke or tied 22 school records, including most points in a career (356), while going 72 for 88 on field goal attempts and 140 for 143 on extra-point attempts.
Nugent beat out a number of kickers in tryouts Wednesday and Thursday, including:
- Kai Forbath: Forbath, 32, most recently kicked for the Jaguars, appearing in three games last season. Prior to that, he was with the Vikings during their run to the NFC Championship game. He began his career with the Redskins in 2012 and holds a career 85.7 field-goal percentage, 12th best in NFL history among kickers with at least 100 attempts.
- Elliott Fry: Fry, 24, kicked for the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos, doing well enough in the defunct league’s brief run to earn himself a ride through training camp with the Bears before getting cut in mid-August.
- Blair Walsh: Walsh has been trying to get back into the NFL mix after being out of the league for the entirety of 2018. He joined the Seahawks in 2017 after getting ushered out of Minnesota following a missed field goal that ended the Vikings’ season. He tried out with the Jets and spent a brief time with the Falcons in the preseason this summer.
- Matthew Wright: Wright is a rookie from Central Florida. He spent time with the Steelers during the preseason.
- Josh Gable: Gable made waves in 2017 when his trick-shot kick video earned him an invitation to Patriots minicamp. His background is in soccer and the Indoor Football League. He also tried out on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.