Colts look at trick-shot kicker who sees Adam Vinatieri as 'fine wine'

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts are exploring all avenues in preparing to find a potential replacement for 44-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri when he eventually retires.

The Colts have trick-shot kicker Josh Gable taking part in their rookie minicamp this weekend. Gable, currently with the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League, didn’t play college football, instead choosing to go directly from high school to train with the U.S. national soccer team before playing professionally in Italy and Belgium.

“I had stopped playing football after high school because I always wanted to play professional soccer,” Gable said. “I spoke to a couple of friends that strongly suggested I make a run at trying to play in the NFL.”

The 26-year-old has made a name for himself on the internet by posting videos of him nailing field goals from 70, 75 and 80 yards.

There’s the Thanksgiving trick shot, and the one where he boots one through the uprights at a sharp angle from across the track surrounding a football field.

After returning from Europe, Gable played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League in 2015 before latching on with the Danger. He was named the league's special-teams player of the week in March after he made both field goal attempts and went 7-of-7 on extra points.

The ageless Vinatieri is still the Colts' kicker, which is understandable considering that he’s made 82 of 89 field goal attempts and is 126-of-129 on extra points over the past three seasons.

“Obviously, [Vinatieri] is still our guy, but you’ve always got to look ahead and build for the future,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Josh didn’t play college ball. He came right out of high school and was a soccer player in Italy. I’m an Italian and I’ve never been to Italy.”

It’s uncertain if Gable, who took part in New England Patriots rookie minicamp prior to coming to Indianapolis, will be with the Colts when they start training camp in late July. He’s been thrilled to walk through the same locker room Vinatieri -- whom he refers to as a “legend” -- has called home for the past 11 seasons.

“He’s compared to like Ronaldo in soccer,” Gable said. “He’s been at it for a while and he’s a great kicker. He’s like a fine wine. He gets better as he gets older. I’ve known about him since I was kicking in high school. Our coach would use him as the example when talking about kicking.”