Former Patriots practice squad kicker wins NFC Special Teams award

Dave Green

As longime Boston sports TV personality Bob Lobel would say, "Why can't we get players like that?"

When looking at the NFL's Week 10 award-winners, one name stands out: Younghoe Koo.

The former Patriots practice squadder was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in his first game after signing with the Atlanta Falcons. Koo was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, all of which came from at least 30 yards out. He also was perfect on a pair of extra points, totaling 14 points and outscoring the Saints (9) all by himself.

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After Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve in early October, the Patriots had signed Koo to the practice squad and Mike Nugent to the active roster.

But Koo lasted just 11 days on the practice squad, and Nugent lasted only four games with New England, missing three field goals and an extra point over that stretch. Nick Folk is now the Patriots kicker, and he was perfect on four kicks (two field goals and two extra points) in his lone game.

So while Folk might still be the answer, Koo - AKA the one that got away - is off to a great start to his NFL career.

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Former Patriots practice squad kicker wins NFC Special Teams award originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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