Patriots Name Their Starting Kicker for Week 1

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The New England Patriots finally revealed their decision on a starting kicker for Week 1. On Saturday, the Patriots promoted veteran Nick Folk to the 53-man roster.

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So…Folk Did Actually Win the Kicking Competition

Most believed Folk, who spent most of the 2019 season with the Patriots, had done enough to beat out rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser. However, Bill Belichick threw one of his signature curveballs when he released both Folk and Rohrwasser after training camp.

Both cleared waivers, as expected, and were signed to the Patriots’ practice squad. While neither was initially a part of the 53-man roster, we all knew that at some point the Patriots would have to choose someone to be the kicker in Week 1.

As it turns out, Folk’s performance in training camp earned him first crack at proving he’s the man for the job throughout the season. Meanwhile, the Patriots still have Rohrwasser getting healthier and perhaps honing his craft a bit more on the practice squad.

Overall, it’s not a bad situation.


Plenty of Moves Being Made

Folk’s promotion was just one of a flurry of moves that took place on Saturday. Take a look at some of the other movers on a busy day before the beginning of the team’s 2020 season.

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Patriots make a flurry of deals the day before Week 1 battle vs. Dolphins. The New England Patriots announced that that they have signed K Nick Folk and DL Xavier Williams to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed WR Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve. Additionally, the Patriots signed OL Caleb Benenoch to the practice squad. Benenoch 26, originally entered the NFL as a fifth round draft pick (148th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft out of UCLA. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder appeared in 35 with 22 starts for the Buccaneers from 2016-19 before being released by Tamp Bay on Sept. 11, 2019. Benenoch was signed by New England on Sept. 17, 2019, and was inactive for one game before being released on Oct. 1. He also spent time with Carolina, Dallas and Detroit last season. Benenoch went to training camp with the Lions this summer and was released prior to the start of the regular season. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #DariusKilgo #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL #JustinRohrwasser

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