The New England Patriots have a lot of talent on the roster. Head coach Bill Belichick did a wonderful job this offseason. The team looks a lot different and the 2021 squad can definitely win a title. Belichick has a history of keeping at least one undrafted free agent. They have done this for 17 straight seasons. Patriots rookie Quinn Nordin has a chance to make the roster in 2021.
Nordin has attracted the attention of many analysts. Teammates and coaches like him a lot.
In 2020, running back J.J. Taylor made the roster. Several players will get the chance to do something special in 2021.
The Patriots rookie to lock his spot on the roster
Alex Cay from Bleacher Report had something to say about Nordin’s situation. He said Nordin was the Patriots UDFA with the best chance to make the active roster.
“He seems to at least be in the running to challenge Nick Folk for the placekicking. Nordin has drawn praise from teammates, including longtime special teams ace Matt Slater, who said the following about the rookie early on in camp (via Chris Mason of MassLive.com): ‘He’s got a cannon on him. There’s no doubt about that. He’s super explosive, and Quinn, he asks a ton of questions, which I love—young guys who ask questions.’
“Folk emerged as a steady presence in New England last season, connecting on 26-of-28 field-goal attempts and converted all 13 of his tries inside 40 yards. Nordin finished his career at Michigan having knocked through 42 of 58 field-goal tries and was shaky in his final season with just two of five attempts going through the uprights. Unless Nordin can become more consistent, Folk is likely to retain his role as the Pats’ top kicker for the 2021 campaign.”
Kickers need to have a strong leg and need to be consistent.
Nick Folk is keeping his job as he had a good game for the Patriots last season. Here’s the catch. He will be 37 in November and injuries destroy players’ career overnight. Will Belichick use his younger player at kicker?