Struggling Texans K Randy Bullock is getting a wake-up call today as the team will bring in former kickers Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham for a tryout.
Bullock is currently 13 of 21 and missed three field goals in Sunday’s primetime loss to the Colts. Oddly, the Texans released Shayne Graham in the 2013 offseason following a 31 of 38 regular season showing. Graham signed with Cleveland in April 2013 but was released by the team in August 2013.
Graham was named the Texans 2012 starting kicker when intended starter Bullock became injured. Graham shined for the Texans in 2013, especially when the Texans could not find a way to score in the red zone. Graham ended the 2012 season with the Texans, scoring 138 points, including a 55 yard field goal in the playoffs against the Patriots. Despite the Texans’ loss in that game, Graham’s 55 yarder was a career best. Notably, Bullock missed attempts at 49, 43, and 54 yards on Sunday.
Rackers kicked for the Texans in 2010 and 2011. He was 32 of 38 in 2011 but has not kicked in the regular season since 2011. Rackers proved rather reliable for the Texans in 2011, missing just two field goals in the final five games of the 2011 regular season and contributing six of the Texans’ 13 points in the 2012 playoff loss to the Ravens in the divisional round.
The Texans will also bring in Justin Medlock who kicked for the Panthers before being cut after a streak of missed field goal attempts in November 2012.
While Tuesday’s tryouts do not promise that Bullock will be ousted, it certainly serves to put him on notice that inconsistencies just won’t cut it. With talent like Rackers and Graham set to return to Houston, Bullock better straighten up and kick right or else risk being booted.