In the 2012 NFL draft
, the Texans
took a chance and drafted kicker Randy Bullock
. He was the only kicker drafted. Everything was going good for him. Then, he suffered a groin injury, ending his season before it even began, forcing the Supposed to be pre season only kicker Shayne Graham
to become the kicker (which really revived his career as that was the 1st time he had full time work in 3 years).
Graham moved on the Browns
, giving Bullock a clean slate. He has no competition (although Kubiak says he is competing with Andrew Shapiro
, the punter, I don't buy it for 1 second). There is no reason why he isn't the kicker for the Texans for at least 10 years. But wait. There is one reason. Injury. He has already proven that he is injury prone, so i'll look at current free agent kickers who might replace him if he gets injured.
Mare has been in the NFL for a LONG time. He has been in the NFL since 1997. He definately has experience under his belt. But lately he has struggled, specifically with the Carolina Panthers
in 2011. He missed 2 game winning field goals that, had he made, wold have a .500 record just 1 year after the team being the worst in the NFL (which earned them the right to draft Cam Newton).
Longwell has also been in the NFL for a LONG time. He has spent his career with the Green Bay Packers
and Minnesota Vikings
. He also played 1 game in the playoffs for the Seattle Seahawks
last season. Speaking of playoffs, he has a historically well field goal percentage in the playoffs, which would be good for the Texans if Bullock does get injured.
David Buehler is by far the youngest kicker of these 4, which would be an advantage to him. The NFL is a youth sport. However, he couldn't kick a field goal to save his life. He has proven that while a member of the Dallas Cowboys
. He would only be good for kickoffs, which is why he would definately not be my #1 kicker if I needed one. On 1 bright note, he did beat DeAngelo Smith
in a 50 yard dash his rookie season in 2009 http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star/David-Buehlers-Not-Your-Average-Kicker-53688707.html
I know, you're already booing me just by saying his name. But Neil Rackers has been a kicker for the Texans before, so he know the team, and Coach Kubiak and Marciano. He was good on field goals, but was nearly dead last in kickoffs 2 seasons ago after Brett Hartmann
, the punter and kickoff specialist, was lost due to injury. But he won't have to worry about that as Shane Lechler
should be the kickoff guy. He wouldn't be bad just for the remainder of the season.
Listen, I hope Bullock don't get injured, I wouldn't dare wish injury on a single soul. But if it happens, you have to figure out a backup plan, and these are the 4 best plan as of right now if he gets hurt.