Thursday, February 18, 2010
Folk to work out for Giants
By Dan Graziano
Former Cowboys Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk will reportedly work out for the New York Giants this week. And you had to know that teams were going to start evaluating Folk at some point. He was one of the top kickers in the league in '07 and '08 for the Dallas Cowboys.
Folk was very accurate (46-of-53) during those seasons and he was incredibly clutch. But in '09, he suddenly lost his mojo, missing seven of 11 attempts before being released in late December. Some people in the media think the Cowboys erred by not stashing Folk on injured reserve. The fact that he was coming off hip surgery in '09 would've legitimized the move.
Coach Wade Phillips gave Folk every opportunity to turn things around. The Cowboys even took the unusual step of replacing holder Mat McBriar with Tony Romo to see if it made Folk more comfortable. But by that point, Folk already had the yips. When you start shanking 24-yard field goals, it's time to call it a season for a kicker.
At this point, the Eagles are the only team in the division with a clear-cut choice at kicker. Lawrence Tynes is the next best kicker, but it's not like he's coming off a career season. Folk will land somewhere in 2010. Quite honestly, the Skins should also bring him in for a tryout. It's not like Graham Gano and Justin Medlock are a dynamic duo.