FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s been more than two years since Nick Folk’s last NFL game. He missed three field goals — from 56, 49 and 31 yards — in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 loss to the Patriots on Oct. 5, 2017, and was cut shortly thereafter.
Other than a short stint in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, Folk, who’ll turn 35 next week, has been out of football, working to stay in shape and ready to kick when called up. On Tuesday that call came and he was on a plane to New England shortly after with a chance to resume his career.
“I’m very excited. It’s always good to get back out there and play,” he said.
Folk said there won’t be any more pressure to be successful in his Sunday night debut in Baltimore than at any other point in his career.
“There’s always pressure. You’re always expected to perform — first game, last game, middle of the season,” he said. “I try to take it one kick at a time, one game at a time.”
He said the transition has been comfortable.
“Just trying to keep my feet under me and get used to everything,” he said. “I’m kind of following (punter) Jake (Bailey) and (long snapper) Joe (Cardona) around. It’s been fun, a good experience so far.”
The last time he kicked in Baltimore it had turf, but everything else figured to be similar.
“They have grass now. That’ll be definitely different,” he said. “But every time I’ve been down there it’s been cool and that’ll be the same Sunday night.”
Belichick mum on Henry
Will there be a N’Keal Harry sighting in Baltimore this weekend?
The jury is still out.
New England’s first-round pick in the 2019 draft, Harry started the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, but has returned to practice as a full participant this week.
At his Friday morning press conference, Bill Belichick remained tight-lipped on whether the rookie will be activated for the Ravens game.
“We’ll see,” Belichick said.
He did seem pleased with Harry’s effort on the practice field though.
“Good, he works hard,” Belichick said. “He’s worked hard at everything. Special teams role, offense. So we’ll see how it goes here for the weekend.”
The Patriots released tight end Eric Tomlinson earlier this week, so they do have a roster spot ready for Harry.