Despite a majority of Texans fans polled believing the team should stay the course with Randy Bullock (at least for now), the Texans will reportedly bring five (4) kickers in for a workout tomorrow. The first name mentioned was Nick Novak, formerly of the San Diego Chargers.
Texans trying out former Chargers, Terps kicker Nick Novak on Tuesday, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 29, 2015
Novak won't be alone, though. Earlier this evening, four (4) other names were reported to be heading to Houston for a workout tomorrow.
Texans' kicker tryout Tuesday per sources: Kai Forbath, Chris Boswell, Connor Barth and Nick Novak— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 29, 2015
Texans also trying out former Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio per sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 29, 2015
Although this doesn't necessarily mean Randy Bullock is getting a pink slip (indeed, having other kickers work out for his employer in the middle of the season is old hat for Bullock), it also doesn't mean that this is purely a motivational tool.
Sources say no lock Texans sign K from tryout Giorgio Tavecchio, Kai Forbath, Nick Novak, Chris Boswell, Connor Barth, but open-minded to it— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 29, 2015
My guess? The Texans keep their powder dry and don't sign anybody before Sunday's game against the Falcons. Randy Bullock, however, is now firmly on notice. Should he struggle in Atlanta, someone else will be kicking for the home team at NRG Stadium when the Colts come to town for Thursday Night Football on October 8th.
What say you?
UPDATE: Well, as with all too many things in life, I was dead wrong about the Texans staying the course. Nick Novak has been signed and Randy Bullock has been cut.
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