Nick Folk is now in his fourth year with the team and according to a NY Times article by Zach Schonbrun, might be off to his best start with the team, thanks in large part to his offseason workout program and because he was relatively healthy going into last offseason and didn’t need to spend time rehabbing.
He trained at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., with his longtime friend Chris Sailer, a kicking specialist who has worked with Folk since eighth grade. Healthy and fit, Folk wasted little time getting back on the field, joining Sailer in January.
“He felt like, ‘Hey, Chris, for the first time I can put more training in at a higher level,’ ” Sailer said, “ ‘while in the past, I kind of felt like I was rehabbing a little bit, taking things slow.”
In a telephone interview, Sailer said that they had gone to work fine-tuning Folk’s stance and adjusting the tempo with which he approached the ball, focusing on maintaining one speed. At times on field goals Folk would start his motion too slowly, then accelerate.
“That will cause a lot of problems with your body positioning,” Sailer said. “It will kind of yank your body when you make contact.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFolk is playing very well right now and with a rookie quarterback learning the ropes of the NFL having a stone-cold kicker has been a major boost to the team. Most kickers tend to struggle with accuracy when the weather starts to turn, but if Folk’s conditioning and mechanics can keep his accuracy a couple points higher when the thermometer goes lower, that could mean the difference in one or two games down the stretch.