Nick Folk

New England Patriots
Place Kicker #2
New England Patriots
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The Patriots have re-signed Folk to a one-year deal, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Folk's contract includes $1.225 million guaranteed, giving him a chance to reprise the role he filled capably in 2020. The 36-year-old finished last season with 108 points, while connecting on 26 of his 28 field-goal attempts and hitting 30 of his 33 extra-point tries. Also currently on the Patriots' roster are fellow kickers Roberto Aguayo and Justin Rohrwasser.

Mar 18, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Makes 92.9 percent of FG tries

Folk finished the 2020 season with 108 points, while connecting on 26 of his 28 field-goal attempts and hitting 30 of his 33 extra-point tries.

Analysis: The 36-year-old's 92.9 percent success rate on his field-goal tries marked a career high, and ESPN's Mike Reiss believes that the Patriots "might have the inside track on retaining the veteran after helping revive his career." If Folk ends up being a free-agent departure, however, the team has a contingency plan in place, having signed Roberto Aguayo and Justin Rohrwasser to future contracts.

Jan 6, 2021 10:50 AM EST



Kicking against Jets

Folk (back) is active for Sunday's game versus the Jets.

Analysis: Folk has been a regular on the injury report, but he's consistently been in the lineup this season. The 36-year-old has been excellent this season, connecting on 26 of 28 field-goal attempts and 26 of 29 extra-point tries.

Jan 3, 2021 9:02 AM EST


Deemed questionable for finale

Folk (back) carries a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Over the latter half of 2020, Folk has been oft-listed on the injury report with his back issue. The veteran kicker stands without an absence on the season, however, as he continues to enjoy a career year that's consisted of a personal-best 92.9 percent field-goal conversion rate.

Jan 1, 2021 3:05 PM EST


Still nursing back

Folk was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a back issue, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Analysis: Folk's limitation at practice is not surrising, as his back issue has been lingering since early November. As long as the Patriots do not make any roster moves involving a kicker this week he should presumably be on track to suit up. He made is only field-goal attempt (from 45 yards) in last week's loss to the Bills.

Dec 30, 2020 3:40 PM EST



Hits 45-yard FG

Folk made his only field-goal attempt (from 45 yards) and missed an extra point in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Through 15 games, Folk has made 26 of his 28 field goal attempts, while hitting 26 of 29 extra-point tries, for a total of 104 points. He's a hit-or-miss fantasy option heading into Week 17, given the inconsistencies of New England's offense.

Dec 29, 2020 6:50 AM EST


Gets nod for MNF

Folk (back) is listed as active heading into Monday's night game against the Bills.

Analysis: Folk was labeled as questionable entering the day, but a Week 16 activation keeps the 36-year-old without a missed game on the 2020 campaign. He's been reliable in his second season kicking for the Patriots, knocking down 25 of 27 field-goal tries. A 92.6 percent conversion rate this season represents a substantial improvement from Folk's career 81.4 percent mark.

Dec 28, 2020 3:59 PM EST


Questionable for Monday

Folk (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's game versus the Bills, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Folk has been tending to a back injury since early November, but he's still suited up for each of the Patriots' last seven contests, making all 14 field-goal attempts and 15 of 16 point-after tries. In New England's other matchup with Buffalo this season, he struck true on both FGAs and his sole extra point.

Dec 26, 2020 1:22 PM EST


Limited at Thursday's practice

Folk (back) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Folk had been dealing with the back injury since early November, but he has yet to miss a game as a result. It makes sense to expect him to be good to go for Monday's contest against Buffalo, but his practice status over the next two days should provide more light on his status for that matchup.

Dec 24, 2020 2:39 PM EST


Lone scorer in divisional loss

Folk connected on all four field-goal attempts in Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Folk made two field goals from 45 yards out, and he added kicks from 42 and 35 yards as well. The veteran kicker was the Patriots' only scorer Sunday. He continues to be extremely dependable; he's converted 25 of 27 field goals (93 percent), including 12 kicks from beyond 40 yards. He'll look to keep it rolling in Week 16 against the Bills.

Dec 21, 2020 9:51 AM EST


Ready to rock

Folk (back) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Folk had been listed as questionable for the past six games but suited up in each contest, so this week will be no different. The veteran was perfect last week against the Rams, connecting on his his lone field-goal attempt.

Dec 20, 2020 8:51 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Folk (back) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: Folk has entered the past six games with a questionable tag, and he's suited up in each contest. He has been limited in practice during that stretch, but there's no real risk that the veteran kicker won't play this week. Since this injury surfaced, Folk has connected on all 10 field-goal attempts, including two kicks from beyond 50 yards.

Dec 18, 2020 12:25 PM EST


Still limited in practice

Folk (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Folk managed to play through his back injury during last Thursday's loss to the Rams, in which he converted his lone field-goal try, so there's not yet any real reason to worry about his availability. The veteran hasn't missed a field goal since Week 2.

Dec 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST


Converts only attempt

Folk made his lone field-goal try during Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Folk's 29-yard field goal, which came late in the second quarter, accounted for all of the Patriots' points on offense. The veteran hasn't missed a field-goal attempt since Week 2, but he also now has just six total points across his last two games. He'll look to bounce back against the Dolphins in Week 15.

Dec 11, 2020 7:17 AM EST


All clear Thursday

Folk (back) is officially active for Thursday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Folk has drawn the questionable tag the past five games, but he's yet to miss any action. The veteran has connected on 20 of 22 field goal attempts this season, making 26 of his 28 extra-point attempts. It will be a tough test for the Patriots' offense Thursday, as the Rams defense sits fifth in the league, giving up just 20.3 PPG this season.

Dec 10, 2020 4:17 PM EST


Listed as questionable

Folk (back) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: Folk has carried the questionable tag into each of the last five games now, as he was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Last week Folk connected on his only field goal attempt and all six of his extra-point tries in the 45-0 win over the Chargers. The veteran should be ready for Thursday's game, as the offense faces a stiff test against a Rams defense that sits fifth in the league, giving up just 20.3 ppg this season.

Dec 9, 2020 3:44 PM EST


Gets in limited practice

Folk (back) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice report.

Analysis: Folk has been a regular on the Patriots' injury reports since early November with the back issue, but it has yet to prevent him from kicking in a game this season. Even if Folk ends up being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams, he's more likely than not to gain clearance ahead of the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 8, 2020 5:48 PM EST


Back on injury report

Folk (back) was a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: This has been typical for Folk of late. The lingering back injury hasn't forced him to miss any time, and it hasn't affected his performance at all. Since the injury surfaced, Folk has made all nine field-goal attempts, including two from beyond 50 yards, and 15 of 16 extra-point tries.

Dec 7, 2020 3:16 PM EST


Knocks home seven kicks

Folk made a 32-yard field goal and all six extra-point tries in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: The Patriots dominated the Chargers all game, affording Folk a season high for kick attempts. The veteran kicker continues his hot streak, as he has made all 15 field-goal attempts and 16 of 17 extra-point tries since the Week 5 bye. He seems to have a lingering back issue, but it's clearly not affecting his performance. Folk draws another indoor matchup against the Rams on Thursday.

Dec 7, 2020 9:23 AM EST


Cleared to kick Sunday

Folk (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: The veteran has received the questionable tag for each of the past four games, and he'll continue to play through the back issue. Folk is 19-for-21 on field-goal attempts and 20-for-22 on PATs through 11 games.

Dec 6, 2020 12:36 PM EST


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