By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports activities Author
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots might not have settled on their alternative for kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
New England re-signed veteran Nick Folks on Monday, giving rookie fifth-round draft decide Justin Rohrwasser some competitors for the job because the group strikes into what coach Invoice Belichick stated was a “huge week” for gamers to start exhibiting progress through the truncated coaching camp. Groups should trim their rosters to a league-mandated 53 gamers by Sept. 5.
“I believe we’re in place, hopefully, to string some good days collectively and have lots of little issues begin to match collectively within the total huge image,” Belichick stated.
Whether or not that features the 35-year-old Folks, a veteran of three different NFL groups, stays to be seen. He completed final season as New England’s kicker after Gostkowski performed simply 4 video games earlier than happening injured reserve in October and having season-ending hip surgical procedure.
It began a merry-go-round on the place, with the Patriots utilizing three completely different kickers over the remainder of the season.
However Folks introduced steadiness to the job, connecting on 14 of 17 subject objectives and all 12 of his further factors in seven video games. It included him lacking per week to have an emergency appendectomy.
Gostkowski was launched in March, making a full-time opening for the job for the primary time since New England drafted him in 2006.
After kicking on the Patriots’ first day of padded practices final week, Rohrwasser went three straight exercises with out making an attempt a kick within the presence of reporters. On the times he didn’t kick he labored on conditioning, both working or at instances driving an train bike on the sideline.
Requested early final week about him not kicking throughout practices Belichick stated Rohrwasser, like all rookies, was going by an acclimation course of.
“We’ll see,” Belichick stated when requested about his confidence in Rohrwasser. “That’s a course of that we’re working by, as effectively — the snapper, kicker, holder operation — and clearly, he can kick off, too. We’ll see how all that goes.”
Requested once more on Friday about Rohrwasser’s progress, Belichick remained imprecise.
“All people’s making progress,” he stated.
Rohrwasser was again kicking on Monday, sharing makes an attempt with Folks throughout situational scrimmage drills.
Each had success, every going 5 for six for the day.
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