Schedule Could Seal The Job For Nick FolkMarch 19th, 2017
Joe can’t stop thinking about the Bucs’ bold and wise signing of 10-year veteran kicker Nick Folk, the former Pro Bowler and the most accurate kicker in Jets history.
What a bullhorn blast through the walls of One Buc Palace, as Joe wrote this morning.
If both kickers perform well in training camp, one could speculate Roberto Aguayo would win the job, since he’s young and last year’s second-round draft pick.
However, Joe keeps thinking about the Bucs’ schedule, which will be finalized and released next month.
Tampa Bay definitely has games at Buffalo and at Green Bay. If those are scheduled in, say, November and December, then Joe thinks that could tip the scales in favor of Folk, who has loads of experience in lousy conditions.
Deeper research reveals Folk missed just one — ONE! — field goal last season that actually got in the air, per the Jets’ official website. He had three blocked.
“I want a few kicks back, but overall it was pretty good,” he said. “We had a first-time holder. Lac [Edwards] did a good job for me and Tanner [Purdum] did a good job.”
…“It depends on a lot of things really,” said Folk on what leads to a block. “From snap to kick we try to get it off in about 1.3 seconds and sometimes it’s a low kick. We were back a couple times this year, like the Baltimore and New England games. They were 50-plus kicks into the wind that needed a bit of a drive ball to get it there.
Interesting times at One Buc Palace.
Who knew kicking could be so exciting? Thanks, Roberto.