Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likes the flexibility.
“I think there’s a lot of merit to it,” Belichick told reporters of Folk during his video conference Friday morning. “That’s why he’s on the practice squad, and as all the players are with the two standard activations that teams are allowed to have, that’s a lot different than it was going back to ‘19 where it was a whole different set of rules.”
The current set of rules permit two standard call-ups and reversions before a member of an NFL practice squad would be required to sign to the active roster. The 36-year-old Folk is a primary candidate. Also beginning last fall on the scout team, he went on to convert 92.9 percent of his field goals and 90.9 percent of his extra points for New England, twice earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and twice hitting game-winners from 50-plus yards.
Folk re-signed in March on a one-year deal carrying $1.225 million guaranteed. The 2007 Pro Bowler by way of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Hotshots then joined the practice squad at its formation without being subject to waivers.
And Nordin, the lone member of the Patriots’ 2021 undrafted class, continued a streak.
The 23-year-old Michigan product had gone 6-of-8 on field goals and 4-of-7 on extra points during the preseason. Along the way arrived longs of 48 and 50 yards.
“There’s certainly more flexibility, and I feel like right now we have two good kickers combined in our total roster,” Belichick said. “And to me, that’s a good thing.”