Skip to main content

Patriots Reportedly Make Decision On The Kicking Job

Quinn Nordin kicks for the Patriots.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 12: New England Patriots kicker Quinn Nordin (3) kicks from the hold of New England Patriots punter Jake Bailey (7) in warm up before a preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Washington Football Team on August 12, 2021, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

With the regular season almost here, the New England Patriots have apparently decided who'll be their starting kicker for Week 1.

According to ESPN insider Field Yates, the Patriots are expected to stick with rookie kicker Quinn Nordin as their starter. He'll be taking over the job from Nick Folk, who was exceptional in 2020.

Nordin struggled in the Patriots' second preseason game, missing a 36-yard field goal and a pair of extra point attempts. The Michigan product responded fairly well, making two field goal attempts in the preseason finale.

It's unclear if the Patriots will release Folk or hold two kickers on their roster for the 2021 season.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked about New England's kicking game on Monday, but he didn't reveal if he'd go with Folk or Nordin.

“Nick’s got a pretty good level of consistency since we’ve had him, and he’s been pretty steady, but his opportunities were a little bit less. We wanted to get some more opportunities to Quinn,” Belichick said, via CBS Boston. “So, we’ll see how all of that goes. But it was a very competitive spot, and it is a competitive spot. We obviously have to make a decision.”

Belichick should officially announce New England's starting kicker later this week.