As many of you should already know by now, the Cincinnati Bengals claimed veteran kicker Randy Bullock off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. That of course now means that Bullock will be kicking against the Steelers this Sunday. During his weekly interview with Bob Labriola on Steelers Nation Radio, special teams coordinator Danny Smith was asked how he feels about that happening.
“To be honest with you, I feel good for the kid,” Smith said of Bullock, who made three field goal attempts and one extra-point in the Steelers win over the New York Giants a few weeks ago in place of injured kicker Chris Boswell. “He’s a good kid, he came in here and did the job for us and I respect him for that. I had him years ago in the Senior Bowl so I know him fairly well and he came in here and he’s a real pro and handles his business and did a good job.”
Despite being happy for Bullock, Smith obviously hopes things don’t go well for the Bengals new kicker this Sunday in Cincinnati.
“On the other hand, I’m sorry that I worked with him on a couple of issues that he was having that I think helped him a little bit,” Smith said. “I’m sorry that he’s playing for the opposing team this week, to be honest with you, I hope he has the worst kicking day of his career.”
In case you’re curious, Sunday will mark the first time that Bullock has kicked at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. On the other hand, the former Houston Texans draft pick has kicked once in a game against the Steelers and that happened in a 2014 game at Heinz Field. Bullock made all three of his field goal attempts in that loss to the Steelers in addition to making both of his extra-point attempts.
After being claimed off waivers by the Bengals, Bullock told the Cincinnati media that he looks forward to kicking against the team that employed him for just a short period of time.
“I had just got back from Pittsburgh, had enough time to do some laundry and pack up and get on the road again,” Bullock said “It’s always fun to have an opportunity to play against somebody who has released you, whether it’s recent or some other time.”