Don’t look now, but the Tennessee Titans have appeared to secure themselves a reliable kicker. No, really. As Mike Vrabel’s men continue to prepare for a crucial Week 8 road showdown against the Indianapolis Colts, they are still sorting through the health of several players and units.
The offensive line has been incredibly banged up. They’ve already employed four different left tackles (Taylor Lewan, Ty Sambrailo, Kendall Lamm and Bobby Hart) through just seven contests. A plethora of cornerbacks and safeties have played a healthy number of snaps out of necessity.
But the kicker position? It’s been shockingly stable, given the history there as of late.
Bullock’s success has represented a shocking turn of events at the position. Bullock wasn’t even in camp with the Titans when it began as a two-man battle between second-year player Tucker McCann and rookie undrafted free agent Blake Haubeil. McCann ultimately landed on injured reserve before passing a physical and being released, and Haubeil was flat-out released after failing to impress. The damning thing? Bullock wasn’t even the third option. That title belonged to Sam Ficken, who came in and performed admirably before unfortunately suffering a late preseason injury of his own.
Enter Bullock, the backup plan to the backup plan to the backup plan. The former Texas A&M standout has stabilized the Titans’ kicker position thus far, going an impressive 13-of-15 through six contests. It represents an accurate percentage of 86.67, which ranks Bullock among the top 10 of kickers with at least 10 attempts to their name in 2021. Bullock has also impressively made 17-of-18 extra point attempts, with his lone miss coming in a meaningless spot against the Jaguars in Week 5. The encouraging sign of Bullock’s form is that the 31-year-old appears to be getting better with time. Bullock made a 51-yard field goal in Tennessee’s dominant win over the Chiefs on Sunday, converting on his longest make of the year. It was also Bullock’s lone attempt from 50 or more yards this season.
His coaching staff is beginning to take notice.
“Randy Bullock is hot right now,” special teams coach Craig Aukerman said on Thursday. “We really like how he’s kicking the ball right now.”
The Titans have been through a plethora of kickers over the years, as Vrabel smugly noted back in September, but they may have finally found their man.