AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

October, 12, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 5.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Taylor admitted he roots a little harder than his teammates do for Nick Folk's success.

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Ed Mulholland/US PresswireNick Folk connected on five field goals Monday night.
You see, the New York Jets had to part ways with kicker Jay Feely so they could add Taylor to their roster because of peculiar free-agency rules in the uncapped season. The Jets signed Folk to replace the reliable Feely.

Jets fans held their collective breath.

"People had question marks about the kicker for whatever reason," Taylor said in the wee hours Tuesday morning, "and I think he's shutting everybody up."

With the Jets having trouble scoring touchdowns, Folk connected on all five of his field goal attempts in the Jets' 29-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the Meadowlands. His longest kick was 53 yards.

Folk, a Pro Bowler in 2007, flamed out with the Dallas Cowboys last year after missing seven out of 11 kicks. Part of his problem was returning from a hip problem that originally was misdiagnosed.

He has missed only two kicks this year, but only one legitimately. A 61-yard attempt in Week 3 was blocked.

"That field goal kicker we picked up is not bad," Rex Ryan said.

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