Nick Folk was a quick out from the visitors’ locker room at Bank of America Stadium after the Saturday night game but in advance of talking with reporters after Monday’s practice back at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, he should get credit for his 3-for-3 night of kicking field goals, which supplied all the Jets’ points in their 9-3 win over the Panthers.
Long-snapper Tanner Purdum thinks it’s just a matter of his kicker, like the Young Rascals more than four decades earlier, groovin’.
“It’s more a rhythm, where we’re confident in each other,” Purdum said of the operation of his snapping to holder Steve Weatherford for Folk’s kick. “It’s more relaxed and we know what we’re going to get out of each other.
“To me, Nick looked confident, smooth and relaxed. He looked like himself. He’s getting into a pretty good groove.”
Of course, no grooves count until Sept. 13 and beyond, but just consider that Folk became the first Jets placekicker to hit a pair of 40-yard field goals in one preseason game since John Hall, who was unconscious in the 2001 preseason finale at Philly, hitting from 59, 47, 41 and 33 yards and missing only a 50-yard try that night.
One more trend of note is Folk’s kickoffs. He’s had nine in two preseason games, with seven reaching the end zone (kickoffs to the goal line are considered in the EZ) and two touchbacks. Opponents’ average drive start after his nine KOs is their 18.3-yard line. So Folk is averaging an inside-the-20 every time he kicks off.
A lot of things go into this kind of number, such as the Jets’ coverage team and opponents’ backup returners having some difficulty running east and west, such as the Panthers’ Mike Goodson, who ran every direction before being tackled by Bo Smith at the Carolina 4 in the fourth quarter.
But the trends have been positive for a while, which is why Rex Ryan said after the game, “No surprise. He’s been nailing the ball.”
Jets-Panthers Final Notes
Here are a few more not terribly important but nevertheless neat additional summer nuggets on Saturday night’s win at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. What do they mean? You make the call.
■ The Jets’ 112 yards of offense was their least in a preseason game since they gained 109 in their 15-14 road loss to the Giants in 2005. That’s the fewest yards from scrimmage in a preseason win in at least 20 years, and the Green & White have never won a regular-season or playoff game in their history with less than 145 yards.
■ The Panthers’ 175 yards of offense was the least allowed by the Jets in a preseason game since the 1990 summer opener, when the Eagles were held to 172 in the 17-6 Jets victory.
■ This was the Jets’ first preseason game in which the opponents never led since the ’05 preseason-opening 10-3 win over Detroit.
■ The Jets offense had eight three-and-out series at Carolina. That’s the most in a preseason game in at least the last 10 years, which is as far back as I’ve charted that stat. As for games that count, the Jets have never had more than seven three-and-outs in a game all the way back to the 1986 AFC Divisional Game at Cleveland, when they racked up nine such drives in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Browns.
Advisory to Fans Attending Monday’s Practice
It always seems to rain when the Jets open a practice up to the fans, and Monday’s training camp practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center is no exception. We’ve had a lot of heavy rain in the North Jersey area today.
Fans are still invited to attend the practice, with the gates opening at 10 a.m. as well as Jets Shop and Jets Fest, and practice beginning around 11:50 a.m. But be advised that due to recent work on the grass fields at the complex, the area could be muddy, so you should wear the appropriate shoes and pants.
Also, with some thunderstorms forecast for tonight and showers for tomorrow morning, please check with newyorkjets.com for any changes to the practice schedules for Monday and Tuesday.
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