Bullock was signed by the Bengals on Tuesday. Bullock had an interesting 2016 season, taking kicks for the Bengals, Giants and Steelers, but ultimately wound up in Cincinnati for the season's last three games. He missed his only field goal attempt beyond 30 yards for the Bengals and did little to solidify himself as the team's kicker going forward. Consequently, Bullock could face competition for the starting gig in training camp, perhaps from second-year kicker Jonathan Brown, who missed most of his rookie season with a foot injury.
Bullock made eight of nine field-goal attempts and nine of 10 extra points in 2016, playing for the Giants, Steelers and Bengals at different points in the season. Bullock started the season filling in for Giants K Josh Brown, who was then serving a one-game suspension. Let go in Week 2, Bullock didn't get his next gig until Steelers K Chris Boswell suffered an abdomen injury in December. He was again only needed for one week, though, and was released shortly thereafter only to be picked up by the Bengals to replace a struggling Mike Nugent. Bullock ultimately finished out the season in Cincinnati, but missed the only kick that truly meant something during the team's Week 16 matchup with the Texans, so he likely isn't a lock to return in 2017.
The Bengals signed Bullock on Tuesday. Bullock will take over for the beleaguered Mike Nugent, who has missed six of his last 14 extra-point attempts. The Bengals may also be attempting to gain some intelligence on Bullock's previous employer, the Steelers, who visit Cincinnati this Sunday. For his career, he's succeeded on 81.3 percent of his field-goal tries and 25 of 29 PATs from the longer distance.
Bullock has been released by the Steelers. With the return to health of Chris Boswell, Bullock -- who filled in for the Steelers in Week 13 -- will now look to catch on with another team the next time a kicking opening become available. In his only game with the Steelers, Bullock made all three of his field goal attempts, en route to a 10-point effort against the Giants on Dec. 4.
Bullock converted all three field-goal tries (34, 38, 44) and his only extra point attempt during Sunday's 24-14 win against the Giants. Signed Saturday to replace Chris Boswell (abdomen), Bullock put up decent fantasy numbers, despite the Steelers going for their eighth two-point conversion of the season. It remains to be seen who will do the kicking for Pittsburgh in Week 14 against the Bills, who allow opposing kickers an average of 7.3 points per game.
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