FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets will have a new kicker for the remainder of the 2015 season. On Tuesday, New York announced via Twitter the signing of Randy Bullock. In a corresponding move, the team placed Nick Folk on the season-ending injured reserve.
Bullock, 25, was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Viewed as a player with tremendous leg strength, Houston hoped it had drafted not only the first kicker in the team’s history, but also one that would kick for the next 15 years. Those hopes never materialized.
As a rookie in 2013, Bullock made just 74.3 percent of his kicks with a long of 51. The next year, he was slightly better, connecting on 30-of-35 with a long of 55, but this year those struggles came back. Bullock was waived after he missed two extra points in three games, despite connecting on 5-of-6 field goals. He has been out of football ever since, but has had a handful of workouts with teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and others.
The opportunity for Bullock to latch on with the Jets was created when the team’s long-time kicker Nick Folk injured his quad in Sunday’s victory over Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite feeling fine in warmups -- Folk said after the game he hit one from 60 yards-- the veteran felt a “pop” in his quad following the opening kickoff.
Folk went off to the side and attempted to kick a few into a practice net, but quickly realized something was wrong.
“It just didn’t feel right,” Folk said Sunday. “I couldn’t finish any of my swings. I couldn’t get power into any kicks. We felt as if it was best to have me hold and go with (punter Ryan Quigley.)”
Quigley didn’t attempt any field goals, but went 4-for-4 on extra points.
Prior to his injury, Folk, who turned 31 last week, had made 13-of-16 field goal attempts this year with a long of 55. In his last three seasons, Folk is 78-of-91 (85.7%).