Ex-Jet Nick Folk could be involved in intriguing ‘Hard Knocks’ storyline

The Tampa Bay Bucaneers will have their training camp packed with cameras and microphones, as HBO announced it has selected them to be on the 2017 season of Hard Knocks.

It will be hard for the Bucs to top the performance of the 2011 New York Jets on Hard Knocks, which included moments such as the Rex Ryan “snack rant” and John “Terminator” Connor’s bruising hit on a kickoff.

While there are several interesting storylines this year, including the progression of fourth-year quarterback Jameis Winston, there is one that will follow an ex-Jet.

Tampa Bay actually has one of the most fascinating kicking controversies in the NFL and, believe it or not, it may be more fun than you might think.

2016 second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo had a tumultuous rookie season, as he made just 22-of-31 field goal attempts and missed two extra points. His 71 percent success rate on field goals ranks dead last of the 31 qualified kickers.

Naturally, in need of competitive to push its 23-year-old starter, Tampa Bay opted to sign Nick Folk, a veteran kicker whom the Jets cut this offseason.

Before an injury curtailed his 2016 season, Folk made 27-of-31 field goal attempts (87.5 percent) and 92.6 percent of his attempts from under 50 yards.

While Folk was never an outspoken leader on a young Jets team, he was always a fan-favorite thanks to big-time kicks such as this one in the playoffs against the Colts and this one against the Bucs.

About Max Marcilla

Max is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He is the news director for WMUC Sports, a reporter for The Left Bench TV and the co-owner of New York Jet Fuel, a site dedicated to covering the New York Jets. You can contact Max at mmarcilla98@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @MMarcilla98.

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