The Patriots had a few roster spots open as the season began, and they were looking at some candidates from the bottom of the roster. Then, on Monday, they cut a few more, and the final roster had been announced. That’s when the fun began.
The New England Patriots have a long history of having a large number of kickers for a single team, and it looks someone is going to be a part of a new trend.
The Patriots’ kicker roster is stocked with some of the best players in the world at their respective positions. Unfortunately, that means that there is always at least one roster spot open for the next man up. This year, that man was Quinn Nordin , who found out he made the team when he was suddenly called to the team’s practice squad.
The NFL’s roster cutdown day is a nerve-wracking event, particularly for an undrafted rookie hoping to make the New England Patriots’ squad.
Kicker Quinn Nordin found himself in this same position after a four-year college career at the University of Michigan. Nordin faced an uphill fight to win a place on the Patriots’ 53-man roster after joining as an undrafted free agent. Nordin’s expectations were modest to begin with. Many people anticipated him to be discharged and go unclaimed via waivers.
Instead, a different (and very unusual) situation unfolded.
Quinn Nordin was not called by the Patriots on cutdown day.
The day of roster cutdown came and went, and Nordin never got a call. Locked-in starters who know they’ll make the club usually don’t need a call to confirm their status, but what about an undrafted rookie? Nordin was hoping for some kind of affirmation, one way or the other.
According to B/R Gridiron, Nordin correctly assessed the situation and saw “no news as good news.” The rookie kicker just showed up to practice the next day, confirming his inclusion on the Patriots’ 53-man roster.
Nordin must have been a nervous wreck, not knowing whether he’d get a call notifying him of his freedom. The physical act of waiting for news seems to be dreadful.
Nordin is a highly regarded kicking talent who had a hit-or-miss training camp.
According to a source, the Patriots are likely to keep rookie K Quinn Nordin as their starter, taking over for veteran Nick Folk.
Nordin was searching for work on LinkedIn following the NFL Draft and is now set to take over kicking responsibilities for the Patriots.
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Nordin was routinely rated as one of the best kicker prospects in the country coming out of high school. ESPN ranked him as the No. 9 kicker while Scout.com ranked him as the No. 1 kicker. He was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com.
Nordin was a great kicker for Michigan and had a lot of success as the team’s starting kicker. In 2020, he established the school record for field goals made at 40 yards or longer (14) and became the first kicker in Michigan history to make two field goals at 50 yards or more in the same game.
Nordin didn’t have a fantastic offseason with the Patriots this summer, despite his accomplishments at the college level. He missed a 36-yard field goal and two extra points against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Patriots’ second preseason game. Many speculated that the Patriots will cut Nordin and retain veteran kicker Nick Folk as a result of his poor performance.
Bill Belichick must have been pleased with Nordin during practice in order for him to beat out Folk for a roster place.
The Patriots, led by rookie quarterback Mac Jones, are hoping to make a comeback in 2021.
Quinn Nordin of the New England Patriots | Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
The Patriots are coming off a disappointing 2020 season in which they had to watch former quarterback Tom Brady win the Super Bowl.
In 2021, they want to make a significant comeback by focusing on rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
Jones wowed Belichick and the rest of the Patriots organization throughout training camp, demonstrating that he’s ready to take over as the franchise quarterback. In Nordin, the New England Patriots are looking to find a new franchise kicker.
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