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Old 04-24-2012   #41
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He's from the area also. He went to Klein HS. IIRC he was the kicker for the varsity team when he was a freshman back in 2005 (which was my senior year at Klein).

I wonder when's the earliest the Texans would consider drafting a kicker?
Well the Eagles took Alex Henry in the 4th last year, so I would guess we might have to spend a 5th on him, or at least a 6th. This is partially why I really hope the Texans trade out of the 1st, because picking up a 2nd, 4th and a 5th would mean that we can afford to spend a 5th on a kicker like Bullock. Ensure we get our guy, just a half round early or so.
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Well the Eagles took Alex Henry in the 4th last year, so I would guess we might have to spend a 5th on him, or at least a 6th. This is partially why I really hope the Texans trade out of the 1st, because picking up a 2nd, 4th and a 5th would mean that we can afford to spend a 5th on a kicker like Bullock. Ensure we get our guy, just a half round early or so.
Yeah...I think trading out of the first is the way to go.
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Yeah...I think trading out of the first is the way to go.
trade down with San Francisco (Hill) and then with Giants (Fleener) and pick up a few more picks, right? I could see an OG like Zeitler.
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trade down with San Francisco (Hill) and then with Giants (Fleener) and pick up a few more picks, right? I could see an OG like Zeitler.

If Smith could actually trade twice and still pick up a quality OG such as Zeitler I would be very impressed.
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trade down with San Francisco (Hill) and then with Giants (Fleener) and pick up a few more picks, right? I could see an OG like Zeitler.
If that happened, mark it down: Best draft day move in Texas draft history.

But (a) would those two teams do that with us, and (b) could we still get Zeitler that way? It assumes a lot, IMO.

Sigh...I dunno. Cleveland seems like the team who has the most monopoly money to spend right now. I could see them looking for a partner, but hell...they could have several teams bargaining for a deal with them (which could devalue whatever compensation you want for that deal).
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After winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best college football kicker, Randy Bullock seemed like a lock to make it to the next level as an NFL quarterback.
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"During interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, Houston Texans special teams coach Joe Marciano asked Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock how he would handle his first adverse situation in the NFL," Williams writes.

"You've never had a slump," Marciano said. "What happens when you have your first one?"

Bullock, without blinking an eye, said, "Coach, my dad died when I was 15. How much more adversity is there?"
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That was witty, ballzy answer that could very well make him a Texan. I think I like this guy already. In my line of thinking, if they were going to resign Neil Rackers, they'd have already done it.

And a smart young man as well. Seems to fit the team mold. I'd like to see him in Deep Steel Blue.
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That was witty, ballzy answer that could very well make him a Texan. I think I like this guy already. In my line of thinking, if they were going to resign Neil Rackers, they'd have already done it.

And a smart young man as well. Seems to fit the team mold. I'd like to see him in Deep Steel Blue.
As an Aggie I love the guy, but I had him in one of my engineering classes, and he had it made. He would come in on days that HW was due, sit in the back and copy someones HW and turn it in. During test days, he had about 2/3 people sitting around him, feeding him all the answers. This is when I figured out how most football players get through college. But none of that matters, all that matters is that he is a good kicker and I want him on the Texans.
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Default Re: [Offseason] Let Rackers walk, sign/draft new kicker

Boom, called this one before the season ended. He is a good kicker, but you can get one pretty darn close to his accuracy and leg for MUCH cheaper. not to mention he still makes bone headed misses which is frustrating
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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-neil-rackers/


Looks like you guys got your wish. Rackers to sign with the Skins.
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People will miss Rackers its not like good kickers grow on trees just ask cowgirl fans.
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We won't miss him unless our next kicker sucks. Hopefully that won't be the case.
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People will miss Rackers its not like good kickers grow on trees just ask cowgirl fans.
To me how a kicker does between 40 and 49 yards defines him (longer is gravy, and shorter should be a given).

Last year, Rackers 50% success rate in the 40-49 yard range put him at #32 in the NFL. That wasn't last because there were a couple of teams who used more than one kicker over the course of the season, but it was pretty darn close.

And contrary to your comment, adequate NFL kickers aren't that difficult to find.
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I am feeling a trade down in the mid rounds to pick up an extra 6th or 7th that they will use to draft a kicker.
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Meh, from what I remember he and Kris Brown were neck and neck.

I miss KB more than I would Rackers, KB had the history on the team to make me "loyal" to him....Rackers felt like a substitute, while I don't wish him any ill will or nothing, if I didn't cry over us moving past KB, I sure won't for Rackers.

Besides, the best time to try out rookie kickers IS when you have a solid team since you shouldn't have to rely on their foot AS much.
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Did anyone see this on KRIV?

Rackers stated: “There’s more upside, more opportunity for advancement in Washington.”

Advancement???? What is there like levels of kickers no, did the Texans have him as the Assistant Kicker, or something and the Skins will make him Director of Kicking? Dude just say its for the money, we understand. With that said see ya, and thank you for your time here.....
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Did anyone see this on KRIV?

Rackers stated: “There’s more upside, more opportunity for advancement in Washington.”

Advancement???? What is there like levels of kickers no, did the Texans have him as the Assistant Kicker, or something and the Skins will make him Director of Kicking? Dude just say its for the money, we understand. With that said see ya, and thank you for your time here.....
Lou, I was going to post the same thing man. Seriously was.

I agree. "Advancement"??? I guess he wants more than Junior Associate level? He wants his own Kicking Firm! That's the ticket! I see now.

Whew! I am glad we are not holding him back anymore. He is a peacock and we gotta' let him fly.

I think only a mere 5% of the NFL players leave a team and refrain from talking massive **** on that former team. From what I see, most guys are babies when they leave. They live a privileged life, albeit a physically demanding one...but still, they cry like they can never make another dollar in the NFL just because some team let them go. Geez.

My theory is Bob's way of handling things lends itself to players getting shocked that they are no longer on the payroll. He's a good owner. He takes care of his guys. A player here just gets to the point where they think they are an honorary Bob McNair grandkid or something. Right?
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Default Re: [Offseason] Let Rackers walk, sign/draft new kicker

I wouldn't mind drafting Bullock in the late rounds and it looks now that will be a very real possibility. However, it does surprise me a little that they let Rackers go so easily unless it was a cap space issue (He wanted more $ than we could afford!). Now that the Texans are a team with SB possibilities, I find it hard to believe Smithiak would take a chance on a Rookie Kicker who may decide the outcome of several games. It's a big risk because they let a "known quantity" go and there is no one out there available in FA, that I know of, that's any good, and Bullock is probably the only Kicker in the Draft worth taking. This could come back to bite them!
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Advancement???? What is there like levels of kickers no, did the Texans have him as the Assistant Kicker, or something and the Skins will make him Director of Kicking? Dude just say its for the money, we understand. With that said see ya, and thank you for your time here.....
When Rackers said more opportunity maybe he meant more kicks per game since thats probably the only way Washington scores.......
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