Nick Folk

Nick Folk

Place Kicker #2
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 222 lb.
College:Arizona
Age:35
Born:November 5, 1984
Drafted:2007 / Rd. 6 (178)
Draft Team:DAL

Nick Folk: Converts pair of field goals

Folk made two field goals in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: For a second straight week, Folk made two field goals but didn't attempt an extra point. The New England offense's sudden turn toward lethargy instead of the high-powered attack we witnessed over the first three weeks hasn't affected Folk too much, as he's connected on five field goals, including four from beyond 40 yards, over the last three games. However, that could be his ceiling, especially in games where the Patriots start trailing quickly. Folk carries some risk as a result, but he should be a fine fantasy option next week against the Bills, who have let up 25.4 points per game this year.

October 26, 2020 10:07 AM EST

Nick Folk: Drills both field goals

Folk made both field-goal attempts in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Folk missed two field goals over the first two weeks, but he's been perfect over the last three games, connecting on six field goals. On Sunday, he hit kicks from 38 and 41 yards. Folk's season long is from 43 yards, but he's made every attempt from within 40 yards. Next week, the Patriots will play the 49ers, who have allowed 21.5 points per game, but Folk could see some extra opportunities since they rank third in the league, allowing opponents to score a touchdown on just 46.7 percent of red-zone trips.

October 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST

Nick Folk: Makes both kicks

Folk made his only field-goal attempt and lone extra-point try in Monday's 26-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Folk was only provided two scoring opportunities and capitalized on them both, with his field goal coming from 43 yards. Although he only produced four points, Folk can be pleased by Monday marking his first outing without a miss this season, giving him some positive momentum ahead of Week 5's game against the Broncos.

October 6, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Nick Folk: Accounts for 12 points

Folk made three field goals and three of four extra-point attempts in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: All of Folk's field goals came from within 40 yards, but it's a good sign that he was perfect from that range considering he's missed both field-goal tries from beyond 40 yards this season. The missed extra point didn't have an effect on the final score, but he'll need to clean that up before Week 4's matchup versus the Chiefs.

September 28, 2020 9:22 AM EST

Nick Folk: Misses long field goal

Folk made two of three field goals and all three extra points in Sunday's 35-30 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Folk sent a 51-yard field goal wide left late in the second quarter, a miss that had reprecussions on the final score. This comes after Folk misfired ona 45-yard attempt in Week 1. However, coach Bill Belichick reiterated Monday that "[Folk] is our kicker," according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. Expect the veteran to be in the lineup for Week 3's showdown against the Raiders, but his leash could be getting shorter with rookie fifth-round pick Justin Rohrwasser on the practice squad.

September 21, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Nick Folk: Signs with 53-man roster

Folk officially signed with the Patriots' 53-man roster Tuesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Although Folk missed his lone 45-yard field-goal attempt in Week 1's win over the Dolphins, the team is satisfied with the veteran kicker and will retain him on the active roster. Rookie fifth-rounder Justin Rohrwasser is still on the practice squad in case Folk slips up, but moving forward, Folk will be the Patriots' kicker.

September 15, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Nick Folk: Back with practice squad

The Patriots have sent Folk back to their practice squad, Nick O'Malley of masslive.com reports.

Analysis: The veteran kicker had been elevated to the team's 53-man roster in advance of Week 1 and kicked Sunday against the Dolphins, missing his only field-goal attempt (from 45 yards) and hitting three extra points. Folk now joins rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser back on the squad's expanded 2020 practice squad, with one of the two presumably in line to be promoted before Sunday night's game against the Seahawks.

September 14, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Nick Folk: Taking over as starter

Folk was elevated from the practice squad and will start Sunday against the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Bill Belichick seems to have made a decision in regards to his starting kicker. Folk was in contention with Justin Rohrwasser for the starting job only for both of them to be cut following the 53-man roster deadline last weekend. It's possible the Patriots could continue to use the additional two roster spaces this year to continually juggle the position week in and week out, but at least for Week 1, it's Folk's job to lose.

September 12, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Nick Folk: Stuck in ambiguous situation

Head coach Bill Belichick hasn't named a starting kicker for Week 1, Chris Mason of MassLive.com reports.

Analysis: The Patriots cut both Nick Folk and rookie Justin Rohrwasser on Saturday, keeping no kickers on their final 53-man roster. Belichick believes both are capable NFL kickers, but Folk should be considered the favorite to begin the year, as he played seven games for the Patriots last season and converted on 14 of 17 field goals (82 percent) and all 12 extra points. They'll promote one to the active roster for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

September 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

Nick Folk: Joins practice squad

Folk signed to New England's practice squad Sunday, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.

Analysis: Folk and Justin Rohrwasser both competed for the Patriots' starting kicker gig in training camp, were cut Saturday, and have now joined the team's practice squad. It looks as though competition between the two will resume, and it wouldn't be surprising for one of Folk or Rohrwasser to be activated ahead of Sept. 13's season-opener against Miami.

September 6, 2020 3:38 PM EST

Nick Folk: Patriots waive both kickers

Updating a previous report, Zack Cox of NESN.com relays that the Patriots plan to waive both Folk and Justin Rohrwasser.

Analysis: When reports that Rohrwasser would be let go initial came out, it looked safe to assume that Folk had secured the job, but it now looks like Patriots have different plans. With that in mind, Doug Kyed of NESN.com suggests that it's possible the Patriots might bring Folk back later, or alternatively sign a free agent kicker now that NFL cut-downs have transpired.

September 5, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Nick Folk: Lands kicking job

With Justin Rohrwasser slated to be waived, Folk heads into Week 1 as the Patriots' kicker, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Rohrwasser was a fifth-round draft pick, but that didn't prevent the Patriots from turning to Folk, who spent time with the team last season. Rohrwasser is thus a practice squad candidate, while Folk will now kick behind a New England offense now headed by QB Cam Newton.

September 5, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Nick Folk: Appears to have edge

Folk could be named the Patriots' kicker after rookie Justin Rohrwasser struggled during training camp, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.

Analysis: Folk finished last season with New England, making 14 of 17 field goals and all 12 of his extra points in seven games following long-time kicker Stephen Gostkowski's injury. With Gostkowski now in Tennessee, the Patriots selected Rohrwasser in the fifth round of this year's draft, but they also re-signed Folk following inconsistency from the rookie during camp. After making 86 percent of his kicks over the team's final five sessions, Folk emerged as the favorite over Rohrwasser, who converted just 55 percent of his attempts. As a result, it wouldn't be a surprise if Folk is tabbed for the job once the roster for the regular season is finalized Saturday afternoon.

September 3, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Nick Folk: Back with New England

The Patriots have officially re-signed Folk.

Analysis: Folk, who kicked in seven games for the Patriots last season, making 14-of-17 field goals in the process, will thus compete with 2020 fifth-rounder Justin Rohrwasser. Whoever lands the job won't be working behind a Tom Brady-helmed offense, though if things click well under expected starting QB Cam Newton, the Patriots attack could provide a decent fantasy context for either Folk or Rohrwasser.

August 24, 2020 9:40 AM EST

Nick Folk: Plans to sign with New England

Folk visited New England on Saturday and plans to sign with the team Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Folk will need to pass a physical and a COVID-19 test, but he's ready to compete with rookie fifth-round pick Justin Rohrwasser (undisclosed) for the starting kicker role. Rohrwasser hasn't been practicing during training camp, and the Patriots haven't revealed why. Folk played seven games with the Patriots in 2019 and made 14 of 17 kicks and all 12 extra points, so he could be the Week 1 kicker if Rohrwasser stays off the field.

August 23, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Nick Folk: Records 54 points in seven games

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.

January 1, 2020 8:32 AM EST

Nick Folk: Converts all four kicks

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.

December 23, 2019 8:18 AM EST

Nick Folk: Impressive in win

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.

December 16, 2019 9:15 AM EST

Nick Folk: Has kick blocked in return

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).

December 9, 2019 9:15 AM EST

Nick Folk: Starting kicker against Chiefs

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.

December 8, 2019 12:20 PM EST

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