Ben McAdoo wouldn’t tell reporters how he plans to use the two kickers now on the roster once the regular season begins, but he’s apparently told newest Giant Randy Bullock that he has a chance to win the job outright.
Bullock was signed on Monday because the Giants need a kicker in Week 1 with Josh Brown serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. After that suspension is served, the Giants will have to decide which kicker to keep for the rest of the season.
“They didn’t get into the specifics of the situation,” Bullock said. “They just told me I was here to compete and the best guy would stick around. That’s the way I’m taking it.”
Asked if he believes he has a chance to be the Giants kicker beyond Week 1, Bullock said: “That’s what I was told. I’m here to compete.”
The Giants cut first-year kicker Tom Obarski to make room for Bullock after Obarski missed his “golden opportunity,” a 27-yard field goal in the preseason game against the Bills on Saturday night. That led to the Giants holding a tryout for other kickers on Monday and Bullock stood out.
“The ball jumped off his foot,” McAdoo said. “He had a nice workout [Monday]. He has some experience and he had a good workout.”
And yet he was vague regarding Bullock’s possible role this season.
“We’re looking for the best 53 in Week 1,” McAdoo said. “If he’s one of them, then we’ll go with him.”
The Giants re-signed Brown to a two-year deal this offseason after his Pro Bowl campaign in 2015. His suspension that stems from domestic violence allegations, however, has sparked a high-profile controversy and it’s possible that a strong push from Bullock could give the team a chance to part with Brown if they so choose.
Because Bullock has four vested seasons, he could collect his full base salary for 2016 from the Giants if he is on the opening day roster and they cut him at any point after that. Bullock would have to decide if he collects that termination fee which players can use just once in their career. He said, though, that he’s not thinking about that right now.
“My goal is to play here 17 weeks,” he said, “not just one week.”