Folk drilled all five of his field-goal attempts in Thursday's OTA, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The veteran kicker has been lights out over this week's OTAs, as he'd also been perfect on four attempts through the much narrower 8.5-foot wide uprights that the Bucs utilized in Tuesday's session. NFL regulation goalposts were utilized Thursday, which seemed to help fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo as well.
Folk went 4-for-4 on field goals from approximately 35-to-40 yards out at Tuesday's OTAs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Both Folk and incumbent Roberto Aguayo attempted four kicks apiece at the end of practice into 8.5-foot wide goal posts, which are a full 10 feet narrower than regulation uprights. Notably, Aguayo made only one of the attempts, while Folk was perfect. While it's only one practice in May, Aguayo, who battled accuracy issues as a rookie, likely doesn't have much room for error while competing with a more proven commodity in Folk.
Folk will sign with the Buccaneers, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports. Folk converted 27 of 31 field goals in 2016, which is a solid campaign in its own right, but it's especially impressive if you know that three of his four missed attempts were actually blocked. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, for whom the Bucs traded up in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in a disappointing campaign. While it's fair to wonder whether Folk's signing was simply a motivational tactic to get the underperforming youngster going, this could turn into an outright competition for the starting job if Aguayo continues to fall short of expectations.
Folk was released by the Jets on Thursday. Folk was the Jets kicker for the past seven seasons. For his career he's converted 81.3 percent of his field goals, including 27 or 31 in 2016. It appears the Jets cut ties with Folk to free up some salary cap room, but it remains unclear who'll be their kicker in 2017. Folk is free to sign with any team.
Folk converted 27 of 31 field-goal attempts and 24 of 26 extra points during the 2016 season. Folk had a quietly-solid season for the Jets in 2016. However, given how he did in fact play for the Jets, you never knew what to expect from him on a weekly basis, rendering him unserviceable in most formats. Case in point, look at his numbers from Week 9 and Week 10. In Week 9 against the Dolphins, Folk made three field goals and three extra points only to come back with a clunker (thanks to a missed PAT) the game after. With the team's quarterback situation far from solved, expect more uncertainty out of Folk in 2017.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||New York Giants||24||8.00|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||2||5.53|
|9||11/05||@New Orleans Saints||30||8.88|
|10||11/12||New York Jets||23||8.00|
|13||12/03||@Green Bay Packers||22||7.95|
|17||12/31||New Orleans Saints||30||8.88|