Three weeks ago the Tennessee Titans didn't have a kicker on their roster. Now, they have one of the best kickers in the NFL.
After trying to sort through Caleb Shudak, Trey Wolff, and Michael Badgley, the Tennessee Titans knew that they weren't close to finding a great kicker. In the past, Mike Vrabel has been comfortable skimming the free agent crop and bringing in a familiar veteran kicker to fill in the gap before the season starts. Guys like Stephen Gostkowski and Randy Bullock have fit that role in the past.
This year, Vrabel decided to make a deal with the New England Patriots for long-time kicker Nick Folk.
Today, Folk was named the AFC Special Team's Player of the Week. That was after a day where he nailed two field goals including the 41-yard game-winner in the rain, in overtime.
That is a great start for the new Titan, but it could be the start of something even more impressive.
Tennessee Titans kicker of to a hot start
The interesting thing about Folk is that he was actually more impressive in Week 1. In a loss to the New Orleans Saints, he went 5-for-5 including a 50-yarder and a 42-yarder. Had the Tennessee Titans gotten the ball back, that game could have been decided by a Nick Folk kick as well.
Currently, he leads the AFC in field goals attempted, field goals made, and field goal percentage. I would argue that he could have won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week both weeks and that he only needs one more really good week to lock up the monthly title.
We will see whether Folk is a Pro Bowl talent or just a really good kicker, but after half of a decade without consistent kicking, Tennessee Titans fans should be ecstatic to see one of their own doing so well.
In fact, if everything keeps going like this then this could be the first time since 2016 that the Tennessee Titans have a truly great punter and kicker combination holding down the third phase of the team.