Folk told GreenAndWhiteReport.com that he is fully healthy and recovered from a torn labrum suffered last year. It was a tough 2009 for Folk, who is in his third year in the league. All told, Folk had career lows in field goals made and percentage of kicks converted. Folk says that he is back and in the same groove as during his first two years in the league, when he was one of the best young kickers in the game.
Like many kickers, Folk grew up playing soccer. He wears a football cleat on his left foot but on his right foot - his kicking foot - he wears a soccer cleat. The philosophy in footwear is rather simple as Folk says he simply goes for comfort. He learned the art of kicking, soccer style, from his father who is a German citizen. One younger brother of his played college soccer at perennial powerhouse UCLA and was on the youth national team. Another younger brother is following in brother Nick's footsteps and is a junior and a kicker at Washington State.
During mini-camp, Folk went as far as 51 yards on a field goal attempt that had the distance to be nailed from even further, perhaps close to 60 yards. He's been solid inside the 40 and his range is creeping up. The injury, he says, is the same one suffered by a number of top NFL kickers. The likes of Jeff Reed and Orlando Mare have all had the injury and recovered. Folk says that he is ready for the NFL season, it's just a matter of getting that consistency.
"I'm in a good rhythm right now and I'm hitting them well," Folk said. "I've developed a good rhythm with my center and holder. It's going well."
Fully recovered, the Jets present Folk an opportunity to shine once again. In 2008, Folk made 20 of his 22 field goal attempts and he's never missed an extra point in his career. With Jay Feely no longer a part of the team, it's Folk's job to lose. The Jets are counting on him to hit the potential of two years ago.
"I'm back to where I was before the surgery, I'm completely back," Fold said.
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