TAMPA – Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said in the wake of Nick Folk’s latest meltdown on Thursday night that he didn’t want to make a rash decision regarding his kicker’s future.
That isn’t keeping the Bucs from preparing to possibly move on from the struggling veteran.
The Bucs have begun to arrange workouts for potential replacements for Folk, who missed three more field goals during the Bucs 19-14 loss to the Patriots on Thursday, a source told Florida Football Insiders.
The source did not say when the workouts will be held but it is believed they will take place next week and that veteran Mike Nugent will be one of those getting a look.
Former Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks will also be a part of the workout, along with a couple of others, possibly including former Bucs kicker Patrick Murray.
The Bucs began arranging the workouts on Friday after Folk extended a slump that began last week when he missed two field goals and an extra point during a 25-23 win over the Giants.
Folk made a 34-yard field goal to win that game and had a good practice in the days leading up to Thursday’s game against the Patriots, Koetter said, but it’s clear Folk has lost his consistency.
The Bucs signed Folk during the offseason to compete with Roberto Aguayo, who made just 22 of 31 field goal tries as a rookie last year and gave him the job early in the preseason when Aguayo was cut.
Since a 4-for-4 start in the first two games, though, Folk has missed five of his last seven field goal tries and an extra point, leaving 16 points on the field.