Patriots sign kicker Nick Folk to 53-man roster

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By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The New England Patriots have found their kicker. And it's the man who got the call in Week 1, as Nick Folk has been signed to the 53-man roster, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Now, this isn't exactly shocking. Folk was activated from the practice squad for Week 1 against the Dolphins, and though he reverted back to the practice squad Monday, it seemed unlikely that the Patriots were going to bring someone, such as 2020 fifth-round pick Justin Rohrwasser, in to replace Folk. But Rapoport's wording is interesting, as he noted that the plan is for Folk to "stay up and kick," leading you to think that this competition is, for the time being, over.

The 35-year-old Folk, who knocked down 14-of-17 kicks during his seven-game run with the Patriots last season, missed a 45-yard kick to end the first half but hit all three extra-point attempts in a 21-11 win over Miami in Week 1.

"Just didn’t hit it right into that kind of wind, it was a little different down there," Folk said of the miss. "I just didn’t hit it super clean. But the extra points, again, those aren’t gimmes anymore, so happy with those. And happy about the win.”

Folk and the Patriots will head to Seattle for a Sunday Night Football meeting with the Seahawks in Week 2.

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