IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
1 month ago

The Buccaneers placed Folk, who had been experiencing tendinitis in his plant leg, on injured reserve Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The injury is only a minor concern for Folk and likely wouldn't have affected his availability for the Buccaneers' Week 6 matchup with the Cardinals, but the move to IR will delay his inevitable release after the team signed Patrick Murray in a corresponding move to serve as their new placekicker. Folk lost the gig after missing three field goals in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the New England, which came after he misfired on extra-point attempts in Weeks 2 and 4. Once Folk is deemed healthy, he'll be released off injured reserve and become eligible to sign elsewhere, but the accuracy issues he's displayed to date may limit the interest of other teams.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
2 months ago

The Buccaneers won't release Folk any earlier than Monday, when they have four kickers scheduled to come in for workouts, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move may not officially happen until after the weekend, but it feels inevitable after Folk missed all three of his field-goal attempts in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the Patriots. Folk has been the worst kicker in the NFL this season, missing five field goals and a pair of extra points in four games. Given the Bucs' offensive talent, Folk's replacement could emerge as a useful fantasy option.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
2 months ago

Folk missed field goals of 56, 49 and 31 yards in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the Patriots while making both of his extra-point attempts.

EDGE Analysis

Folk was shaky in Week 4 against the Giants before nailing a game-winning field goal, but there was no such redemption Thursday. His first miss, which came just before halftime, was certainly tolerable considering the distance, but the other pair of misfires were difficult to swallow given the five-point margin of defeat. Folk's 49-yard try came early in the fourth quarter with the Bucs trailing 16-7, while the 31-yard chip would-be chip shot with 5:39 remaining that immediately went wide left ensured that an 11-play, 84-yard march went for naught. With three misses from 40-49 yards in the last two games, Folk is just 2-for-5 from a distance that head coach Dirk Koetter has repeatedly emphasized he expects his kickers to be nearly automatic from. The extended layoff before a Week 6 tilt against the Cardinals gives the Bucs a chance to audition competition for the placekicking job at a minimum, if not jettison Folk outright.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
2 months ago

Folk made field goals of 20 and 34 yards -- the latter serving as the game-winning kick -- and missed from 46 and 49 yards in Sunday's 25-23 win over the Giants. He also made one of two extra-point attempts.

EDGE Analysis

Folk invoked unpleasant memories of 2016 second-round pick Roberto Aguayo with Sunday's struggles, particularly considering both of his field-goal misses came from the 40-49-yard range that often bedeviled the latter during his rookie campaign. Folk's first miss, the 46-yard try that went wide right, scuttled an opportunity to extend the Bucs' lead to 16-0 in the second quarter, while the second misfire, wide right from 49 yards out, squandered a chance for them to make it a two-possession game. The veteran certainly has enough NFL skins on the wall to earn some slack, but he's now notably missed a pair of extra points as well, equaling the amount his total in that category while with the Jets in 2016. The rough day Sunday may simply prove to be an outlier, and Folk certainly atoned for the struggles by making the game-winning kick, even though it came dangerously close to missing left.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
2 months ago

Folk converted a field goal of 40 yards and made both of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran kicker has been flawless on field goals through the first two games and counts an extra-point miss in last week's opener as his only mistake. Folk's extensive body of work points toward the likelihood of a high-percentage tally on field goals and close to 100 percent accuracy on extra points, and the Bucs offense should give plenty of opportunities for both over the course of the season.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
2 months ago

Folk connected on field goals of 42, 50 and 23 yards and made two of three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran kicker delivered as expected, providing a tangible reminder of why he quickly prevailed in the preseason kicking competition between him and Roberto Aguayo. Folk showed impressive leg on second-quarter 50-yarder and a missed extra-point attempt following Robert McClain's pick-six served as his only blemish on the day. Folk appears primed for plenty of scoring opportunities this season due to the Bucs' improved offense.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
3 months ago

Folk won't suit up in Week 1 after the Buccaneers' matchup with the Dolphins was postponed with Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in South Florida, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The two teams are scheduled to make up the contest Nov. 19 in Week 11 of the regular season, meaning both the Buccaneers and Dolphins will play 16 consecutive weeks to conclude the campaign. Folk, who won the kicking job in the preseason over incumbent Roberto Aguayo, is slated to make his season debut Sept. 17 against the Bears.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
3 months ago

Folk connected on all three of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's 13-9 preseason loss to the Browns, making kicks of 31, 42 and 43 yards.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran kicker capped off a strong week of practice with his perfect performance, offering tangible evidence of why the Bucs felt comfortable calling the kicking competition between Roberto Aguayo and Folk in the latter's favor early in preseason. Folk will enter the regular season with the starting job and will look to improve on the 81.3 percent accuracy he's compiled over his nine seasons.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
3 months ago

Folk was perfect on his five field-goal attempts during Thursday's final camp practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Folk bounced back nicely this week after likely fraying some nerves in last Thursday against the Jaguars by missing a field-goal attempt and seeing an extra point get blocked. The veteran nailed all five of his attempts Thursday on the 8.5-foot wide "skinny" goalposts that the Bucs had installed in camp this summer. While he'll naturally need to continue getting it done in game action on a consistent basis, Folk's extensive NFL resume lends credence to the belief that he can handle the demands of the job.

IRNick Folk
K TB (1)
3 months ago

Folk was perfect on four kicks in Tuesday's practice, including one from over 50 yards, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran had likely planted at least a minuscule seed of concern in the minds of some after missing a field goal and having another blocked in last Thursday's exhibition against the Jaguars. However, Tuesday's effort probably went a long way toward allaying those fears, as Folk made all of his attempts against the non-regulation, "skinny" goal posts that the Bucs have imported for camp practices. While Zach Hocker remains on the roster for the time being as a second option, he's largely viewed as a safety net/camp leg that shouldn't pose a legitimate threat to Folk's hold on the starting job, barring any unforeseen developments.