Bullock’s NFL career off to rough start

Bullock’s NFL career off to rough start
September 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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Gary Kubiak on Randy Bullock, game ball

Randy Bullock had a shot at redemption. But it clanked off the left upright.

Before the overtime period, before DeAndre Hopkins got a chance to play hero in the overtime, the first-year kicker from Texas A&M could have ended the game. Instead, he missed. Again.

“I don’t think I have ever had a game like this,” Bullock said while solemnly standing by his locker after the Texans’ 30-24 win. “It was frustrating, but at this point all I can do is move forward and come back for more work this week.”

With five seconds left in regulation, Bullock actually made what would have been a game-winning kick from 51 yards but the Titans called a timeout before the snap. On the next attempt, it was blocked but the Titans were offside. He then missed a 46-yarder but the Titans called a timeout beforehand.

So Bullock had one more chance to win the game from 46 yards out.

Clank.

“There wasn’t really a whole lot going on,” Bullock said. “You can’t worry about all that kind of stuff. When you get caught worrying about it, that is when they will call timeouts. There wasn’t a whole lot going on right there. I have never actually had an opportunity to attempt so many field goals at the end like that. But it happened, and all you can do is learn from it and move forward.”

Before missing that game-winning attempt, Bullock missed two 50-yarders wide right. In the first two games of his career, Bullock is 1-for-5, with his only make coming in game-winning fashion last week against the Chargers. Three of his four misses have come from 50-plus. He clearly has the leg to be an NFL kicker but he hasn't made those long kicks yet.

Bullock is the 12th player in NFL history with least five field goal attempts to have a field goal percentage of 20 or lower. It's likely Bullock won't remain on that list for long.

“He’s a young player, and you don’t want to look at that type of a start as a young kicker,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “But we do have confidence in him. I think he’s got plenty of leg. He’s kicking off well. Obviously, had a chance to go 2-for-2 in game winners, and that can really help your confidence. So, he’s got to bounce back. He’s got to be a pro and bounce back. He’s our kicker and we have the confidence in him to do that.”

Bullock was a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M last year but missed the entire season because of injury. Shayne Graham was the kicker last year but left as a free agent and the team gave Bullock the job. Graham missed seven field goals all last season; Bullock has missed four in two games.

“It is going to be tough because I missed a couple, but at the same time (I have) have to be mentally tough and move forward,” Bullock said. “It is part of it, and part of my job is to have a short memory and move forward.”