Despite normally jumping right into the undrafted free agent market, the Patriots were patient in a year that saw dramatically fewer players available. On Wednesday afternoon however, they signed their first undrafted rookie of 2021.
The Patriots’ first signing of the 2021 UDFA cycle is former Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin. Nordin broke the news himself with a tweet.
A four-year starter for the Wolverines, he hit 72.4 percent of his 58 career field goal attempts, including a career-long 57 yarder that set a new Citrus Bowl record in 2019. He also hit 96 percent of his extra points, with only two total misses in the last three years.
However, Nordin struggled in brief action in 2020. With Michigan limited to just six games due to COVID protocols, he made two of his five field goals, going 0-for-3 against Rutgers with misses from 35, 49, and 53 yards. He hit all 12 of his point after attempts.
Nordin is now the third kicker on the Patriots roster. The team re-signed Nick Folk to a one-year deal in March after a career year in 2020. They also have former second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, who spent the end of last season on the practice squad. While Folk is the heavy favorite to win the job, Nordin and Aguayo could represent potential long-term options if they can be stashed on the practice squad.
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