As many writers and fans around Dallas have pointed out, the Dallas Cowboys stood to look quite the fools for cutting Nick Folk last December--as opposed to just placing him on the injured reserve for the rest of the season--if Folk bounced back to old form in 2010.
Though Folk initially said offseason hip surgery wasn't to blame for the inconsistency of his play in 2009, he amended that statement after being signed by the New York Jets earlier in the offseason.
Folk said he was finally healthy, and Dallas fans cringed just a little bit. But, whether or not he's healthy, the former Cowboy had a rough day at Jets' OTAs on Thursday, prompting some sour memories for Cowboys fans and choice quotes from Jets' head coach Rex Ryan.
Folk, according to the press present via the Dallas Morning News, went one for five on attempts between 33 and 49 yards. His competition, Clint Stitser, fared worse, going one for four between 33 and 41 yards out.
"That was ugly. It's a little bit concerning. Like I told those guys, I'm not the sharpest guy, but if the first nine kicks all went right of the upright, I think you might want to adjust a little bit. I might have to miss left before I miss another one to the right. I think Nick made a few but I don't think the other kid made any."
These are strong words, particularly for OTAs, but Ryan's faith in Folk remains. He changed his tune shortly, expressing confidence in Folk moving forward. As for Stitser, on the other hand, consider the message sent: shape up or ship out.
"I think Nick's going to be fine," Ryan said. "The other kid's got to make a couple there or we've got to find another kicker. ... I think we'd all feel a lot better if they decided to make 'em."
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