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Patriots Kickers in 2019

Rob Joyce
December 04, 2019 - 2:56 pm

It’s a tough time to be a Patriots fan. Tom Brady looks every bit a 42-year-old quarterback. The offense as a whole is average. The defense has come back down to earth after generating turnovers and touchdowns at a historic rate. And their kicking situation has been a carousel. What a disaster! And because of all this, the defending Super Bowl champions are... **checks notes**... 10-2 and on pace for another first-round bye in the playoffs. Okay, so it isn’t all bad.

When New England takes the field Sunday against Kansas City, it will likely be with their fifth place kicker of the year. For those uninitiated, that’s a lot, especially for a team that’s basically had two since 1996. How did we get to this point? Glad you asked!

Stephen Gostkowski:

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He’s held the job since 2006, and outside of a torn quad that caused him to miss half of 2010, he’s been about as steady as they come. After signing a two-year deal in April, the 35-year-old was 7-of-8 on field goals (though just 7-for-11 on extra points) before suffering a left hip injury. He was placed on injured reserve on October 2, thus beginning the carousel of kickers.

Mike Nugent:

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Cut by the Bengals late in 2016, Nugent has been a journeyman, signing with the Giants, Cowboys, Bears and Raiders, playing a combined 11 games. The 37-year-old came to the Pats the day after Gostkowski was placed on IR. He made 15-of-16 extra points – an improvement over Gostkowski – but he was just 5-of-8 on field goals, missing from 40, 29 (blocked) and 34 yards. The latter two came against Cleveland in Week 8, after which he was released.

Nick Folk:

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Out of the league since 2017 – in fact, his last NFL game came against the Pats, when he missed three field goals with the Bucs – Folk entered having kicked most recently for the Arizona Hotshots in the short-lived AAF. He was 5-for-5 on field goals in his first two games, but in a driving rain missed 46 and 48-yarders against Dallas. On Thanksgiving it was announced he had undergone an appendectomy, forcing him to miss Sunday’s game against Houston, so he was released.

Kai Forbath:

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Kicking for his seventh team since entering the league in 2011, Forbath wasn’t asked to do a whole lot in Sunday’s loss to Houston. He didn’t handle kickoffs, made a 23-yarder and went 1-for-2 on extra points. Brought in on Friday, he was released on Monday.


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So, now we wait for the latest out of New England. Reportedly Nick Folk still has a locker in the Patriots facility, and if he’s recovered from his appendectomy he could be re-signed (teams never have more than one kicker on the roster). Earlier this year the Patriots had worked out, among others: Elliott Fry, Josh Gable, Greg Joseph, Younghoe Koo, Austin MacGinnis, Austin Rehkow, Nick Rose, Giorgio Tavecchio, Blair Walsh and Matthew Wright – basically anyone on the open market with kicking experience.