Patriots reportedly form free agent kicking slate ahead of minicamp

On the eve of the mandatory minicamp, the New England Patriots held a practice session with a group of kickers.

According to a Monday report from Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyedthe group included free agents Matthew Wright, Tristan Vizcaino and John Baron.

Wright, 26, was undrafted from Central Florida in 2019 after earning second-team All-AAC honors twice. Thanks to stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, Wright appeared in 17 NFL games to score 25 of 28 goals and 13 of 15 on extra points. Abandoned by Jacksonville in May, his career came a long way from 56 yards last season. Wright was also a member of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.

Vizcaino, 25, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018. The Washington product has converted 9 of 10 field goals and 12 of 17 extra points in seven career games since then. Vizcaino spent the last campaign between the Los Angeles Chargers‘ active roster and practice squad. His previous stays came with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Tickets.

Baron, 26, signed with the Chicago Bears as a rookie free agent in 2019 and joined the Spring League Sea Lions in 2021. The San Diego State left-foot specialist was a two-time Lou Groza Award semi-finalist during his tenure with the Aztecs, which included first-team and second-team All-Mountain West selections. Baron’s six career field goals for 50+ yards ranked first in program history. He saw 91.3% of his field goals go through the uprights as a redshirt sophomore.

The Patriots currently stand with veteran Nick Folk and future signings Quinn Nordin on the kicker depth chart. The latter concluded his rookie season on the practice squad, while the former concluded a two-year, $5 million deal in March after scoring 36 of 39 field goals and 42 of 47 on points additional.

Minicamp runs Tuesday through Thursday for New England. Four additional sessions of team activities organized by volunteers are planned for June.

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