|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 222 lb.|
|Born:||November 5, 1984|
|Drafted:||2007 / Rd. 6 (178)|
Folk made 14 of his 17 field-goal attempts and all 12 of his extra-point tries, en route to logging 54 points in seven games for the Patriots during the 2019 regular season.
Analysis: The 35-year-old, who didn't kick in the NFL in 2018, was one of four kickers used by the Patriots this past year in the wake of Stephen Gostkowski's campaign-ending hip injury. Folk will remain remain the team's kicker during the team's postseason run, but by the time next season rolls around, Gostkowski -- who is under contract through 2020 -- should be ready to reclaim the job that he assumed back in 2006.
Folk made all three field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point attempt during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Folk continued his strong campaign for New England by converting from 20, 36 and 51 yards in the pivotal divisional matchup. The 35-year-old is 13-for-16 on field goals and 9-for-9 on extra points in six games, though two of those misses came from 40-plus yards in brutal weather Week 12.
Folk made two field goals and four extra points in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Folk didn't miss Sunday, as he converted field goals from 40 and 46 yards. After missing three kicks over the previous two weeks, this is a good sign for Folk, who tightened his grasp as the team's starting kicker. The Patriots host the Bills in Week 16.
Folk connected on one of two field goals and his only extra-point try in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: After undergoing an emergency appendectomy and sitting out Week 13, Folk returned as the Patriots' starting kicker in this outing. The veteran converted on a 29-yard try but had a 41-yarder blocked in the first quarter. It's on to Cincinnati, and Folk should have plenty of opportunities to bounce back against the league's 23rd-ranked defense (25.8 points allowed per game).
Folk will be the Patriots' starting kicker for Sunday's matchup against the Chiefs, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
Analysis: Folk didn't play in Week 13's loss to the Texans after undergoing an appendectomy, but his replacement -- Kai Forbath -- didn't perform well in Folk's stead. As a result, Folk will resume his duties. The 35-year-old has connected on seven of nine field-goal tries this year with his only misses coming during brutal conditions Week 12 versus Dallas.
Folk (abdomen) re-signed with the Patriots on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Folk, who underwent an appendectomy nine days ago and was subsequently released, will rejoin the Patriots in a move that was foreshadowed by the team's decision not to carry a kicker on their active roster as of Friday. Folk went 7-for-9 on field-goal attempts in his three-week stink with the Patriots in early November.
Folk (abdomen) worked out for the Patriots on Friday and is expected to re-sign with the team and serve as their kicker Week 14 versus the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Though coach Bill Belichick was non-committal Friday when asked if Folk would be brought back following his release a week earlier, the Patriots apparently were satisfied with the veteran kicker's health following his recent appendectomy. New England will likely official announce Folk's re-signing at some point prior to Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for Week 14 transactions. Prior to his release after he required the emergency procedure, Folk had converted seven of nine field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries in three games.
Folk (abdomen) has yet to receive medical clearance to resume kicking and may not be ready to sign with the Patriots in advance of their Week 14 game against the Chiefs, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Friday that Folk was in line to re-sign with New England after the team waived him last week when he required an appendectomy, but Rapoport backed down on that initial report shortly thereafter. Apparently, Folk was slated to kick Friday as a test of his health, but the Patriots ultimately concluded the day without a kicker on their roster, per Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe. New England will have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to add a kicker to their roster ahead of Sunday's game, with Reiss suggested the recently waived Kai Forbath could be re-signed if the team isn't confident in Folk's health. Alternatively, New England could eschew a roster move entirely and instead turn to punter Jake Bailey to pull double duty on special teams.
The Patriots are expected to re-sign Folk (abdomen) ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: New England cut Folk last week after he required an emergency appendectomy that would have made him unavailable for the team's eventual loss to the Texans, but the veteran kicker has apparently recovered from the procedure now. He'll presumably be added to the 53-man roster prior to Saturday's deadline as the replacement for Kai Forbath, who was released after a one-week stint with the team. Folk previously kicked in three games for New England, going 7-for-9 on field-goal attempts while knocking down all three of his point-after tries.
Folk (abdomen) was released by the Patriots on Friday.
Analysis: Folk is unable to kick Sunday against the Texans after undergoing an appendectomy, so the Patriots removed him from the roster and replaced him with Kai Forbath. Folk is not expected to need too long to recover, so the Patriots could decide to bring him back once he is back at 100 percent.
Folk (appendectomy) will not be available for Sunday night's game against the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: While Folk won't be able to kick this weekend, his absence is not expected to be a lengthy one. Per Reiss, the Patriots must now decide whether to sign another kicker in advance of Week 13 action, or alternatively, employ punter Jake Bailey as a short-term replacement for Folk.
Folk recently underwent an appendectomy that is expected to sideline him Sunday against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: We'll await official confirmation from the team, while Rapoport notes that Folk's expected absence isn't likely to be lengthy, given that his procedure was reportedly minimally invasive. Either way, it looks like the Patriots will be on to their fourth kicker of the season, when they face Houston on Sunday.
Folk made two of four field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: It was raining sideways in Foxborough on Sunday, so it was as tough on kickers as it was for quarterbacks. Folk still managed to drill field goals from 42 and 44 yards, but he missed two tries from beyond 40 as well. Leading up to this contest, Folk was a perfect 5-for-5, so he'll look to get back on track in Houston's dome stadium Week 13.
Folk made all three field-goal attempts during Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Folk had three field-goal tries during the second quarter of Sunday's contest, and he took full advantage of New England's offense struggling to close out drives. The Patriots can be trusted to reliably provide scoring opportunities, making Folk a viable weekly fantasy option, but it's worth noting that the 34-year-old has yet to attempt a kick from 40 yards out or further this season.
Folk had a workout with the Patriots on Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Analysis: Stephen Gostkowski (hip) is out for the season so New England signed Mike Nugent, who is 8-for-9 on extra points and 2-for-3 on field goals in his two games with the team. Folk was let go four games into the 2017 season by the Buccaneers after missing five field goals and two extra points.
Folk signed a contract with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football on Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Folk worked out with the Bears on Friday but instead signed a deal to join the newly formed AAF. The 34-year-old last kicked in the NFL in October 2017 and had an 80.3 conversion percentage over his 11 seasons in the NFL.
Folk will work out for the Bears on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Chicago is in the market to find a replacement for Cody Parkey, who missed seven field goals during the 2018 regular season and then knocked one off the upright (after it was tipped by a defender) in the closing seconds of a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles. Parkey did convert 21 of his 23 field-goal attempts the previous season in Miami, and an unusual number of his 2018 misses connected with an upright. There isn't much reason to believe the 34-year-old Folk would represent an upgrade, as he owns a career 80.3 conversion percentage and hasn't kicked in a game since Oct. 2017.
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