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Specials teams staff is starting to grow concerned over Randy Bullock’s struggles

Bullock has missed four kicks in the last three games.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have now been without Joe Burrow for two and a half games. In that span, they’ve had some sensational special teams plays. However, they’ve also been burdened by a struggling kicker.

While many fans still remember Randy Bullock’s missed kick to potentially tie the game in Week 1 against the Chargers, the second straight season the Bengals have had an absolutely heart-breaking Week 1 loss, his more recent struggles is what has the Bengals calling his potential fit in the Queen City into question.

Bullock has missed four kicks in the last three games.

Against the Washington Football Team, he missed an extra point and two more field goals. While his kick against the Dolphins, a 53-yard miss, may have been justified, there have been several misses by Bullock that have Cincinnati scratching their heads.

Even Bullock’s 58-yard field goal left fans still having faith. But, to start the team’s Week 11 matchup, Bullock swung wide a 34-yard attempt. From there are on, he’s lost confidence, and the team’s special teams staff is growing more concerned.

“We have to make certain plays and he didn’t make it there so certainly I have concern. I think we’re at a point with our team where we have to make every one of them. We can’t afford to miss or not be effective. We have to execute on all of them. Certainly any time we miss it’s an issue, so I have concern for that. We’re on a bit of a downward trend here. In two of the last three games we’ve missed four kicks. Anytime we miss it’s certainly a concern,” special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons told Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson.

Bullock has almost been in the league for a decade and has played on five teams. He’s been under his 83 percent career kicking average this season, and he’s making just over four out of every five.

He’s on thin ice, and his kicks have been making a drastic difference on a team that’s already struggling to put points on the board. He needs to figure it out soon, or his time in Cincinnati will be on a clock that doesn’t have many ticks left.