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Jets Sign Randy Bullock, Place Nick Folk on IR

Ex-Texans Kicker Replaces Folk, Who Injured His Right Quadriceps Sunday Before Jacksonville Game


Updated, 7:20 p.m. ET

The Jets have signed placekicker Randy Bullock and have placed kicker Nick Folk on injured reserve.

Folk injured his right quadriceps during warmups before the win over the Jaguars on Sunday. Unable to placekick or kick off, he contributed by holding for punter Ryan Quigley, who converted all four of his extra point tries and kicked off well.

On Monday, head coach Todd Bowles said Folk's injury could take up to four weeks to return from and that the team would decide about its kicking situation in meetings that night.

The decision was to sign Bullock (5'9", 205), the fifth-round draft choice out of Texas A&M by the Houston Texans in 2012.

"He was more consistent," head coach Todd Bowles said of Bullock's workout against three other invitees that worked out for the Jets on Tuesday. "He had good kickoffs, he made some field goals. So we're going to go with him that way."

Bowles said the staff was considering trying to keep Folk on the roster, but "the doctors came back saying it would be at least eight weeks, and in eight weeks the [regular] season will be over. We didn't really have much choice in that one."

Bullock converted 61 of 76 field goal tries (80.3%) and 69 of 71 PATs (97.2%). Both extra point misses came this year from the new 33-yard distance, one in the Texans' opener against the Chiefs and the second — plus his only field goal miss this year, from 43 yards — in a home loss to the Buccaneers. The Texans waived him after that game to go with former Jets kicker Nick Novak.

Yet he was coming off an impressive sophomore NFL campaign in 2014, when he hit 30 of 35 field goal tries, including four of five from 50-plus yards and a 6-for-6 game in a late-season 25-13 win over the Ravens.

"I think that's just the life of a specialist in the National Football League," Bullock said of his departure from the state of Texas for the Jets (like Folk did from the Cowboys in 2010). "It's kind of what have you done for me lately. For whatever reason they decided to move on. I knew I was good enough to play in this league so I continued to work and I always got good feedback from all the workouts that I went to.

"It was a long five weeks but I think it made me stronger as a person and a player and I'm looking forward to this opportunity."

Folk's sixth Jets season concludes with him converting 13 of 16 field goal tries and all 19 extra points for 58 points.

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