Bucs K Nick Folk - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
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Bucs Camp MVP 8-22: That’s All, Folk
Tampa Bay’s kicking situation has been influx for the past as the Bucs have employed five different kickers over the past five years – Rian Lindell, Connor Barth, Patrick Murray, Kyle Brindza and Roberto Aguayo. The Bucs have been consistently inconsistent in this area, especially last year when Tampa Bay traded up in the second round to draft Aguayo, who was the worst-rated kicker in the league in 2016, connecting on 73 percent.
Bucs K Nick Folk – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Bucs brought in Nick Folk this year to challenge Aguayo for the kicking duties and that duel lasted just one preseason game until Aguayo hit the upright on a PAT and missed a 47-yarder in Cincinnati. Folk, who spent the last seven years with the New York Jets, made his 45-yard field goal in that game and Aguayo was cut the next day. The Chicago Bears claimed Aguayo off waivers the next day.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said the team must rally around someone, and Folk, who is entering his 11th season and is a career 87.1 percent kicker, is that guy. Although he had an extra point blocked and missed a 47-yarder at Jacksonville after making field goals from 29 yards and 35 yards, the team has confidence in Folk, and he showed why during Tuesday’s practice when he was 6-of-7 in practice.
Folk connected on four-of-four kicks on the skinny field goal uprights, including one from beyond 50 yards.
The Bucs brought in competition for Folk when the team cut Aguayo, signing Zach Hocker, who did not attempt a kick in Jacksonville, but did handle some kickoff duties. Hocker had several misses on Tuesday, and only connected on 1-of-4 attempts on the skinny field goal uprights.
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Folk connected on >>>>>>>>?
4-of-4 kicks on the skinny posts.
Sorry about that. Last edit didn’t save.
This may be a silly question given what the Jets have done this offseason but do you get a sense of why they cut Folk? He was there for quite a while (for a kicker) and Catanzaro (their current kicker) was awful last year for Arizona. Maybe it was Folk’s decision to move on?
I really don’t know. Complacency, I guess? Folk was hitting better percentages during his last four years than his middle years since going to the Pro Bowl.
It was $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
People should stop fretting over the kicking position. There was an excuse with the Aguayo draft pick on the basis that Jason Licht drafted a kicker in the 2nd round. That’s now history. There are lots of kickers available, Folk seems about average if not better.
Far more important that the Bucs stop needing to kick so damned many field goals! We were one of the worst teams in the league last year in red zone efficiency at 51.5%, and so far in the two pre-season games, we’re even doing much worse – around 40% efficient in the RZ. We need to kick it up to the mid 60s at least to put us in the upper 1/3 of the league. if we get that much better this year, we won’t need many field goals to win games.
I agree Naplesfan. I believe Folk will be fine. Yes, the bucs must get much better in the red zone this year. I believe they will with the new weapons on the offense this year. Hopefully, we start to see it this Saturday. Go Bucs!
I’m much more comfortable with Folk because he has a proven record. Go Bucs!
Agreed on the red zone guys- hoping the lack of efficiency at this point is not trying to show too much in preseason…
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