Randy Bullock returns in a bid to win the Bengals' kicking job.
MOBILE, Ala. - As expected the Bengals on Thursday re-signed veteran Randy Bullock for two years but all indications are they're going to keep looking for enough help to stage a training camp kicking derby.
They'll probably go for a shot of youth after satisfying the veteran requirement in Bullock, a sixth-year veteran they signed for the last three games following his one-game stints with the Giants and Steelers in a move that ended the seven-year Bengals career of Mike Nugent.
Bullock made five of his six field goals with the Bengals but his only miss cost them a win in Houston on Christmas Eve when his 43-yarder swerved right at the gun to give the Texans the AFC South title. But Bullock, a Houston native who was drafted by the Texans, was the victim of a miscommunication that resulted in an earlier than expected snap.
Bullock bounced back to make every kick in the season finale, a 27-10 win over Baltimore, a trait that special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons no doubt noticed. With 48 career NFL games and two 100-point seasons, Bullock also has the kind of experience Simmons covets.
For his career, Bullock has made 81.4 percent of his field goal tries (83-102) and 96 percent of his PATs (97-101). He is 93.3 percent (28-30) since they moved the PAT to 33 yards. That proved to be Nugent's downfall, 23 of 29 on PATs this season before he was released.
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