When the Dallas Cowboys drafted kicker Nick Folk in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft, some eyebrows may have been raised. After all, the Cowboys already had Martin Gramatica who proved his worth to the team after taking over for free agent bust, Mike Vanderjagt.
It didn’t take long for the former Arizona Wildcat to start making noise and getting some well deserved attention. Ever since inking a 4-year contract shortly before the start of training camp, Nick Folk has been nothing short of remarkable as a kicker. The Cowboys already knew he had a powerful kick, but it wasn’t until they actually saw him perform in camp, that they learned how accurate of a kicker he actually was.
After the first two days of training camp, there were already whispers that Gramatica’s grip on the starting kickers job, had begun to loosen.
During the very first day of kicking drills, Martin Gramatica missed 4 of his 6 attempts, while Nick Folk made all 6 of his kicks including a 51-yard strike. All of a sudden the whispers started getting louder, and Gramatica’s hold on the job had now turned into a real competition.
By the time the preseason games kicked off, it was clear that Folk was leading the way as he kept making field goal after field goal.
On Saturday, September 1st the contest was over and Nick Folk had become the Dallas Cowboys new kicker, after Martin Gramatica was placed on Injured Reserve, thus ending his season.
Nick Folk brings some youth and exuberance to the team has proven to be a fierce competitor and clutch kicker throughout his stellar college career. Now he finds himself at the forefront of one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, in a season where expectations are at an all-time high.
I expect Nick Folk to step up and become one of the top kickers in the league as soon as this season.
He is that good!