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Randy Bullock looking to improve upon a solid 2017 season in Cincinnati

Randy Bullock had a career year last season and got paid beans. Can he pull it off again in 2018?

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Who is second place in the single-season field goal percentage in Bengals history? Shayne Graham? Mike Nugent? Doug Pelfrey?

Actually, its Randy Bullock. That’s right. Randy Bullock.

Bullock hit 90 percent of his field goal attempts in 2017, trailing Graham’s single-season record set a decade earlier by 1.2 percent. Bullock only missed a 47-yard attempt in Week 3 and and had a 33-yard attempt blocked in Week 8. Not too shabby.

2017 was without a doubt the most successful season of his career, and he only made $775,000. That means the Bengals paid him $9,117.65 per point scored, which was one of the best bargains in the NFL.

If Bullock replicates his magic this year, he will make several times more in the open market than what he made in the last few seasons.

Randy Bullock

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 214 pounds

College: Texas A&M

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Experience: Seventh-Year Player

Cap Status

Bullock has one of the smallest salaries on the books, at a mere $790,000 according to Spotrac.com. There are no bonuses in Bullock’s contract, so the only expense factoring into the Bengals’ cap hit is his salary. That also means that his dead cap is zero, so the Bengals could cut him and owe absolutely nothing afterwords.

Background

Randy Bullock was born in Louisiana, but played his high school ball at Klein High School in Klein, Texas. He committed to Texas A&M where he would play from 2008-2011. He entered the draft as a decorated senior, earning the Lou Groza Award (which is given annually to the best place-kicker in the nation) and a first-team All-American selection.

He became the first kicker ever drafted by the Texans when they selected him in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He missed his rookie season with a groin injury and the Texans fielded none other than Shayne Graham to compensate for his injury.

Bullock came back in 2013 and won the starting spot, but did not play well. He had two separate games of three missed field goals, and ended the season with a field goal percentage of 74.3 percent.

Bullock improved the next season, but he was ultimately cut in 2015 despite making four out of his five attempts in three games. In that span, he made 17 out of 20 field goal attempts and 20 of 22 extra point attempts.

Bullock would play for four more teams in the following two seasons, including the Jets, Giants, and Steelers before he finally settled in with the Bengals in 2016.

The Bengals signed Bullock after they released Nugent in December. He played in three games, hitting five of six field goals and all six extra points.

In 2017, the Bengals drafted a kicker for the first time in the Marvin Lewis era. Jake Elliott, taken in the fifth round, was brought in to challenge Bullock for the job that season, but, to everyone’s surprise, Bullock won the competition.

In 2017, he made 18 of 20 field goals, a percentage that is second all-time in franchise history, and 31 0f 33 extra point attempts.

Initially, Randy Bullock was just a band-aid on a massive cut that was the Bengals kicking. In fact, he was nothing but an emergency replacement from 2015-2016. But after beating Elliott in the 2017 preseason, he looked like an entirely different kicker than he did from 2013-2016. If he has similar numbers this year, he could earn quite a sizable paycheck in free agency next season, if the Bengals don’t offer him an extension first.

Roster Odds

Bullock’s odds are better this time around than they were last year. The Bengals are trying out Jonathan Brown for the third year in a row, but Bullock had no problem beating him last season. Brown has been having a good preseason so far, so there is an off-chance he actually challenges Bullock. But the coaching staff has offered no indication that Bullock’s job is in danger.

Roster odds: 90 percent.