The New England Patriots are going to have to worry about something should’ve been a non-factor in 2020.
The Patriots had very few unexpected decisions to make when their roster crunch deadline arrived this summer — thanks to several defensive opt-outs, there were plenty of roster spots available.
Ultimately, neither of them ended up dominating practice, and both men were assigned to the practice squad, with Folk getting the bump prior to the start of the regular season. Regrettably, Folk has hit the injury report prior to Monday’s “battle” with the Jets, throwing an unnecessary wrench into the team’s plans for what should’ve been an easy matchup.
Only N’Keal Harry and JJ Taylor are out this week, but the list of “questionable” Patriots is enormous, and includes Folk, one of the rare Pats without a genuine backup.
Gaze upon this list and disseminate it:
"LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin)LB Shilique Calhoun (knee)DT Carl Davis (concussion)S Cody Davis (calf)S Kyle Dugger (ankle)K Nick Folk (back)CB Stephon Gilmore (knee)DL Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow and knee)RB Damien Harris (ankle)TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring)CB J.C. Jackson (knee)TE Dalton Keene (knee)RG Shaq Mason (calf)DE John Simon (elbow)LG Joe Thuney (ankle)DE Deatrich Wise (knee, hand)LT Isaiah Wynn (ankle)"
That’s…folks, that’s not what you want.
Regrettably, we garnered no information on Folk on Saturday, as he was shunned from reporters, left in solitude.
The veteran kicker (range-less, but fairly reliable) is 11-for-13 on the season, and if he’s unable to perform on Monday night against the Jets, the alternative for the Pats is…Rohrwasser. There really isn’t much here.
The list of questionable Patriots is monstrous, but there’s nobody with less depth behind him than Folk. We’ll have to cross our fingers and hope this question doesn’t have to be answered.