QNick Folk
K FA
7 months ago

The Buccaneers released Folk on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

With Folk set to become an unrestricted free agent March 14 and the Buccaneers having no intention of re-signing him, Tampa Bay likely chose to cut the kicker loose so he could get an early start on finding work. The 33-year-old won the Buccaneers' kicking job in training camp last fall but held onto the role for only four games after missing seven kicks (five field goals, two extra points) on only 20 attempts. Rather than releasing him in favor of replacement Patrick Murray, the Buccaneers shifted Folk to injured reserve while he dealt with a minor knee injury that he's since recovered from. Given his underwhelming accuracy in recent years, Folk may only be signed as camp competition rather than as a team's top choice to win the kicking gig.

QNick Folk
K FA
7 months ago

Folk (knee) met last week with Dr. James Andrews, who officially cleared the 33-year-old to resume kicking, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Folk beat out incumbent Roberto Aguayo for the Buccaneers' kicking duties in training camp, but lost the gig after missing all three of his field-goal attempts in a narrow Week 5 loss to the Patriots. While it was initially expected that Folk would be released, the Buccaneers instead stashed him on injured reserve due to a minor case of left knee tendinitis, for which the veteran ultimately underwent surgery. Now fully healthy, Folk, who will officially become a free agent March 14, will likely head elsewhere this offseason in search of an opportunity to compete for a kicking job.

QNick Folk
K FA
12 months 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
12 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
12 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
12 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
12 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
1 year 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
1 year 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.

QNick Folk
K FA
1 year 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.