Patriots reportedly bring in four kickers, punter for workout

Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk (2) gives thumps up after he made the game winning field goal against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots are not done scouring the market for potential kicker help, as the team brought in another four kickers (and a punter) in for a workout Tuesday, according to NFL reporter Albert Breer.

Per Breer, that group of four included Nick Folk, Greg Joseph, Austin MacGinnis, and Giorgio Tavecchio, while Austin Rehkow was the punter brought to Foxborough.

A veteran of 11 NFL seasons, the 34-year-old Folk last appeared in the NFL in 2017 on a four-game run with the Buccaneers that featured makes on just six of his 11 field goal attempts. Folk was especially woeful from the 40-yard and beyond, making just three of his seven attempts from such distances. Folk is a 80.3 percent kicker in his career, and his best season came in a 2013 run with the Jets that saw him go 33-for-36 (91.7 percent), and with makes on 15 of his 17 attempts from 40 yards plus.

Most recently, Folk appeared in eight games with the Arizona Hotshots of the now-defunct AAF, and converted 12 of his 16 attempts, with a long of 55 yards, converted in a Week 6 meeting against the Orlando Apollos.

Joseph, meanwhile, comes to the Patriots after failing to make the Browns' 53-man roster, and after a tryout with the Jets earlier this season. Joseph went 17-for-20 with the Browns in 2018, but had misses on four of his 29 extra-point attempts.

The 24-year-old MacGinnis found himself at the Patriots' facilities after trying out for the Bears during their (absurdly long) kicker search at the start of the year, and as one of the best kickers in the history of the University of Kentucky program. MacGinnis went 22-for-28 for the Wildcats in his senior season, and left the program with a 79.7 percent conversion rate.

MacGinnis has slight pro experience, as he went 9-for-11 in a five-game run with the Memphis Express of the AAF, and won AAF Player of the Week honors for his 4-for-4 performance in a 26-23 victory over San Diego.

Like Folk, Tavecchio has some legit NFL experience to his name, with 19 games of experience between the Raiders and Falcons. He's been more than capable over that 19-game sample, too, with makes on 21 of his 26 career field goal attempts, including a 5-for-5 run with the Falcons in 2018. 'Italian Ice' had a terrible preseason with Atlanta, though, with misses on five of his nine kicks, which ultimately opened the door for his release and Matt Bryant's return to the Falcons.

Rehkow is an interesting option of sorts for the Patriots, all things considered, as he was both the punter and kicker during his collegiate career at Idaho. Rehkow went 26-for-29 in a 2016 senior season with Idaho, but also had 56 punts to his name.

The workouts come on the heels of the Patriots releasing Younghoe Koo from their practice squad, and after passing up any sort of long-range kick for Mike Nugent in their Week 6 win over the Giants (though wind was an undeniable factor).

Nugent, signed as an in-season replacement for the injured Stephen Gostkowski, has posted a line with makes on two of his three field goal attempts, and successful conversions on eight of his nine extra-point attempts.