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    Former UM kicker Quinn Nordin impresses in Patriots camp

    Foxborough, Mass. – There was a moment this summer when Patriots rookie Quinn Nordin was about ready to give up on football.

    It was early May and with no free-agent offers in the days following the draft, the former Michigan kicker was thinking about other plans for his future.

    “I waited four days,” Nordin said Monday. “I was on LinkedIn looking at jobs. I was thinking about maybe going into the military. The Patriots were my only call, so I’m here.”

    The call was actually a text message from special teams coach Cam Achord.

    “It’s like 10 o’clock at night. I was sitting in a recliner all day on my laptop, calling people, looking for a job,” Nordin recalled. “I was on a walk with my mom, and my agent called me and told me that (the Patriots) were going to get (me) a contract. And I said I’m not going to believe anything until there’s something at my house. Something came to the house, and I’m extremely grateful.”

    Nordin has seized the opportunity, becoming one of the bigger surprises of training camp. His leg has lived up to the billing of a kicker who became the Wolverines’ career leader in field goals of 40-plus yards (14) and tied for the lead in kicks of 50 yards or more (four).

    With incumbent Patriots starter Nick Folk absent for undisclosed reasons, Nordin has gotten the majority of live kicking reps. He drilled kicks of 57 and 55 yards during a practice at Gillette Stadium on Friday.

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