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Patriots work out Austin MacGinnis

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The former Cat is finally drawing NFL interest.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The New England Patriots could be in the market for a new kicker, and that may be good news for one former Cat.

On Tuesday, the Patriots brough Austin MacGinnis in for a visit as the team worked out several punters and kickers.

The Patriots recently lost long-timer kicker Stephen Gostkowski to a season-ending hip injury, and they signed Mike Nugent as his replacement. But as someone who covers the Bengals and had to watch Nugent miss way too many kicks, including six extra points in 2016, I can promise you it’s only a matter of time before he starts missing kicks and gets axed. He’s already missed on PAT.

Saying this, it’s hard to see a Super Bowl-contending team like the Patriots rolling with a rookie kicker, so if they move on from Nugent, I imagine they’ll sign or trade for a veteran.

But at least MacGinnis got a workout and has at least one NFL team interested in what he has to offer. Hopefully, this leads to more NFL teams showing interest.

MacGinnis ended his collegiate career as UK’s all-time leading scorer with 359 points, one of the top-10 scorers in SEC history. He ranks eighth in SEC history in career field goals made (72) and holds school records for career field goals made (72), most field goals made in a season (22 in 2017), consecutive field goals made (11, twice) and longest field goal (54 yards).

MacGinnis was an All-SEC Third Team pick in 2017 and was on the Lou Groza Award Watch List in 2016 and 2017.