The Houston Texans continue to stay busy during the period leading up to the NFL’s legal tampering period, as the team retains both their kicker and punter for the 2016 season. The Texans have re-signed kicker Nick Novak and punter Shane Lechler, keeping their entire 2015 unit together.
Novak was added four games into the 2015 season after the team parted ways with Randy Bullock. The 9-year veteran missed three field goals all season (85.7%) with those three misses coming on attempts of 50+ yards. Novak had a 37.1% touchback percentage in 2015 on 62 kickoffs.
As for Lechler, he arrived with the Texans in 2013 and has been a consistent punter and teammate. One of the best of all time, in 2015, Lechler averaged 47.3 yard a punt, his highest average since 2013. Additionally, he punted 95 times, second most in the NFL last season and Lechler’s highest total since 2009, when he had 96 punts. His age is a concern but he has been a positive addition in Bill O’Brien’s eyes and holds the NFL’s current streak for consecutive regular season games.
Consistency is the key and the Texans have brought back a solid group.