Cam Newton's release wasn't the only surprising piece of New England Patriots news on Tuesday.
According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots are expected to go with rookie Quinn Nordin as their kicker over veteran Nick Folk.
Nordin signed to the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent. The Michigan product went from looking for jobs on LinkedIn to impressing with New England in training camp. Now, he'll be counted on as the Patriots' kicker for the 2021 NFL season.
In the Patriots' three preseason games, Nordin went 6-for-8 on field goals with a long of 50 yards and 4-for-7 on extra-point attempts. The 23-year-old boasts a big leg, but accuracy has been an issue dating back to his collegiate career.
Folk joined the Patriots in 2019 and was their kicker for the entirety of the 2020 campaign. In his two seasons with New England, the 36-year-old converted 40 of his 45 field goal attempts and 30 of his 33 PATs.