HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Heading into Texans’ training camp, Randy Bullock is the solo kicker listed on the Texans’ roster. The loneliest position on the field, the kicker, will be one to watch. What if Bullock struggles in camp? Remember Adam Sandler’s parody, “The Lonesome Kicker?”
Last season, the Texans had both Bullock, a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M, and veteran kicker Shayne Graham for competition. Graham won the starting position when Bullock tore a groin muscle and was placed on IR last August. Graham did have some career firsts with the Texans, making a career-high number of field goals and attempts, going 31 for 38 on the season. He also nailed his personal longest field goal, a 55-yarder, to set the record for the longest field goal in playoff history at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Despite his accomplishments in 2012, the 34-year old struggled with kickoffs and with field goals in the over 40-yard range, hitting just 11 of 18 last season.
“We need him (Bullock) to be automatic but we’ve got a lot of confidence in him. That’s why he’s the only guy here, basically. We need him to come on real quick for us. Need it to get done,” head coach Gary Kubiak said during after the team’s OTAs on June 5.
How confident is special teams coordinator Joe Marciano that Bullock is equipped to be the lone man on the roster after never having held the job? SportsRadio 610 contributor and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain is wondering the same thing.
“I thought they would just bring somebody in just to keep him (Bullock) company,” the General said to SportsRadio 610’s morning show In the Loop on June 20.
Rookie punter Andrew Shapiro could step in and do both, according to Kubiak. If Bullock does falter in training camp or suffers another injury, the Texans may look to sign another veteran to their roster.
The 2013 Houston Texans’ training camp begins July 26 at the Methodist Training Center.