New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 12: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in the first half against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

It was hard to imagine a better start to Quinn Nordin’s Patriots career than what the 22-year-old kicker and ex-LinkedIn lurker put forth through his first three kicks of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Washington Football Team.

Summoned on the field for three kicks, Nordin went a perfect 3-for-3, and without much of a doubt on any of the kicks, which came from 35, 50, and 40 yards. But then came a missed extra point, which was more than enough for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to pump the brakes on any early talk of Nordin bumping the incumbent Nick Folk out of a gig in 2021.

“We’ll take a look at it,” Belichick said of Nordin’s performance. “Hit a couple good ones, missed an extra point. It’s all about consistency. Quinn has gotten better. He’s worked hard. But again, it’s really about consistency at that position. We’re getting there. We’ll see what kind of progress he continues to make.”

It is worth mentioning that Nordin did convert on his next extra-point try after the miss, and that it was the first blemish of Nordin’s in-Gillette work, with Nordin going 14-for-14 on uncontested quicks during the Patriots’ in-stadium practices.

But this demand for consistency in line with what Belichick has said about Nordin all camp long, with the coach outright admitting that Nordin still has ‘a long way to go’ when asked about his progress earlier this week. It’s also what the ex-Michigan standout has to bring to the table if he’s going to bump the veteran Folk out of a gig following a 2020 season that came with a career-high 92.9 percent success rate and zero misses after Week 2 (26 straight made field goals).

The 36-year-old Folk, for what it’s worth, was given Thursday off completely, which should also speak to how the Patriots are viewing his status as the team’s No. 1 kicker entering the 2021 season.

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