I asked two Kubiak questions. They should be on the quote sheet this afternoon because they were recorded by Texans:
1. Re: Offensive line rotation 2. Whether they will have vet player competition for kicker.
Mentioned last years rotation due to inexperience/injury. Asked him what he wanted to do this year.
He mentioned various injuries. Still need to work with group. If he determines he has two solid guys tackle, then he'd prefer not to rotate.
2. As for kicker, he said that UDFA Shapiro is on the roster and can kick and punt, and helps spare legs. It didn't sound from his response that they would be bringing in a veteran kicker.
Here's some info about from agent's press release
“I signed Andrew because he has great hang time (5.0), can directional punt to the left and right, and has a great kickoff leg,” says McBride Baxter. “In addition he kicks field goals and PAT. He has held for a left footed and right footed kicker and he can cover and tackle. He has a lot of speed. He has long legs and potential to be a great specialist in the NFL. He is a great athlete.”
Go here for Andrew Shapiro's profile at Sports Agent Jill McBride Baxter's website.
Some of Shapiro’s accomplishments include:
In 2012 he was the fastest specialist in Fresno State History (4.53 (40), 3.96 (shuttle), 33.5 (vert).
In 2012 he named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
In 2012 punted 64 times for an average or 42 yards and a net of 37 yards.
In 2012 punted a long of 69 yards which tied for the second longest in the conference.
Named National Honorable Mention Punter by College Football Performance Award’s four times.
Named to the All-Conference Academic Team three years in a row.
Named special teams captain as a sophomore in 2010 and again in 2012.
Punted 66 times in 2011 for 40 yards with a long of 54.
Had 25 punts fair caught and 21 downed inside the 20-yard line (ranked 19th nationally inside 20).
Kicked off 17 times in 2011 for 65 yards.
Has kicked of 89 times with an average of 63 yards.
Has 10 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
Pete Germano, Special Teams Coach at Fresno State in 2012, says that in his twenty years of coaching he has never been around a player like Andrew Shapiro.
“Andrew Shapiro is the most versatile specialist I have ever coached and one of the nicest and brightest young men I have met,” says Germano. “He can kick with both feet, punt, kick off, kick field goals and PAT. He is a great student of the game.”
Special Teams Coach Pete Alamar of Stanford, who was previously a special teams coach at Fresno State, echos Germano's praise of Shapiro.
"His ability to hit a high ball along with his expertise in directional punting and Aussie punting makes him a pro prospect," says Alamar. "Once you factor in his kickoff, field goal and holding skills his potential is limitless."
"His work ethic and passion sets him apart from the competition," says Alamar. "Whoever he competes against better bring their lunchbox. Andrew is truly a 4 tool specialist. He is accomplished at punting, kickoffs, holding and can also kick field goals."
So there you go.