Should the Giants sign Nick Folk?
The ex-Jet brings a number of promising skills to the table.
One of the positions Giants General Manager Jerry Reese needs to tend to starting March 9 is kicker. After the Josh Brown fiasco (we don’t need to revisit it), the Giants signed Randy Bullock before moving on to ex-Bear Robbie Gould. Gould was very consistent with the Giants: he was a perfect 10/10, which included three field goals between 20–29 yards, three field goals between 30–39 yards, and four field goals between 40–49 yards. That seems great right? Well, not exactly.
Leg strength was clearly a big concern for the Giants coaching staff, as they didn’t let him attempt anything over 47 yards. His kickoffs were also nothing to write home about: only 19 of his 41 were touchbacks.
With that said, it might be worth the Giants’ time to consider acquiring ex-New York Jets kicker Nick Folk.
The benefits of Nick Folk
Bringing in Nick Folk benefits the Giants in three ways: experience playing in the MetLife, playoff experience, and he brings a bigger leg.
Nick Folk has a career accuracy of 81.3 percent. Now, for those who don’t think that’s impressive, Adam Vinatieri’s is 84.3 percent, and he’s widely regarded as one of the best to ever do it. Since his 2013 season with the Jets, Folk has not posted below an 80 percent field goal completion percentage. In 2013, he hit 91.7 percent, in 2014 he hit 82.1 percent, in 2015 he hit 81.3 percent, and last year in 2016, he hit 87.1 percent.
Pretty good numbers.
With regard to the bigger leg, Folk was a perfect 3/3 from 40–49 yards last year, and was 2/4 beyond 50 yards with a long of 51. Not great, but better than what Gould gives you. Additionally, Folk had 39 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs last year.
Nick Folk has hit game-winning field goals in the playoffs, kicked three regular season game winning field goals in 2013 when Geno Smith was quarterback, and has experience playing at MetLife (which I feel is invaluable).
Why not sign a rookie kicker?
The Giants can go that route, but as we all know, college kickers are totally unpredictable. One kicker that people seem to like is Zane Gonzalez out of Arizona State. In 2016 he was 23/25 on field goals, including 6/9 from over 50 yards (including an impressive 59-yarder).
Personally, I prefer an experienced veteran, especially one that has kicked in New York before. The Giants had a good experience poaching another kicking specialist from the Jets in Steve Weatherford a few years ago, maybe it could work out again.
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