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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie kicker Quinn Nordin went unclaimed on waivers, and the expectation is that he will now sign with the Patriots practice squad. Veteran Nick Folk has arguably been the AFC's best kicker this season, giving the Patriots reliability and clutch performance, but Nordin adds insurance as Folk manages a left knee injury. Potentially losing Nordin on waivers after spending time developing him over the spring/training camp would have been a blow to the team.