Patriots reportedly ‘in commerce discussions’ over kicker Nick Folks

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Folks might be supplanted by rookie Chad Ryland.

Nick Folk
Nick Folks kicking a area aim towards the Texans throughout a Patriots preseason recreation. Winslow Townson/AP Pictures for Panini

The Crimson Sox have been completely overwhelmed by the Astros 13-5 on Monday. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve hit for the cycle.

The 2 groups play once more this night at Fenway Park, with the primary pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

A attainable kicker commerce: With NFL groups set to trim rosters to 53 gamers (the deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. ET), there’s the chance for a flurry of strikes to be made.

This contains probably buying and selling a kicker, in accordance with a latest report.

Per Diana Russini and Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Patriots have mentioned a attainable commerce involving group place kicker Nick Folks.

Folks, 38, has been in New England on and off since 2019. Over that span, he’s made 108 out of 121 area aim makes an attempt (89.3 %).

However after Invoice Belichick opted to select Chad Ryland within the fourth spherical of the 2023 NFL Draft, Folks was put right into a coaching camp competitors with the rookie.

Whereas not every Patriots reporter seems able to anoint Ryland after coaching camp, Russini provided just a few groups who might be trying to purchase Folks: The Rams, Lions, Titans, 49ers, and Broncos.

Trivia: Stephen Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri lead the Patriots in all-time area objectives. Are you able to title the kicker who ranks third on that listing in franchise historical past?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: He’s the one participant who kicked area objectives to have his quantity retired by the Patriots.

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A flashback in time: Right here’s Invoice Belichick — then the Patriots’ defensive backs coach — instructing future Corridor of Famer Ty Legislation on good approach.

Jose Altuve’s cycle: He turned the primary visiting participant to realize the feat at Fenway Park since Bengie Molina in 2010.

On today: In 2000, the Crimson Sox and then-Satan Rays confronted off in a memorable recreation, with Boston rising with an 8-0 victory. After Pedro Martinez hit the primary batter he confronted (Tampa Bay’s Gerald Williams), the centerfielder charged the mound in what turned a brawl.

By the top of the evening, eight Satan Rays gamers and coaches had been ejected, however the story was Martinez.

The Boston ace — within the midst of the one of many best seasons by a pitcher in latest MLB historical past — was removed from rattled by the battle. Quite the opposite, he locked in and retired the following 24 batters he confronted. Taking a no-hitter into the ninth, Martinez lastly surrendered a base hit to former Crimson Sox catcher John Flaherty. He completed with 13 strikeouts in what was nonetheless a classic efficiency.

Pedro Martinez 2000 Rays

Each day spotlight: Alex Verdugo with the diving catch.

Trivia reply: Gino Cappelletti