2013 Texans’ Special Teams Outlook
The special teams key players have received a slight face-lift for the 2013 season.
The model of consistency for the Texans at long snapper, and a darn good one too. Weeks is spot on with his snaps and the less we hear of his name the better. He will have to get used to a new holder and kicker for the third season in a row.
Outlook: What you want in a snapper at the NFL level.
He had a down season in 2012 but possibly the best punter in NFL history is back close to home in Houston. Lechler is a gifted punter and the ball off his foot sounds like a small cannon. There is considerable difference on what he can do with the football compared to previous punters the Texans have had. He can flip the field with one punt and could be a big factor for the field position game that Kubiak likes to play.
Outlook: The Texans upgraded their punting situation despite Lechler’s age. He should be fun to watch in 2013.
Sat out his entire rookie season with a torn groin muscle that landed him on the injured reserve. It might have worked out best for the Texans as Bullock, even during his rookie season, was out kicked by veteran Shayne Graham during training camp. This year Bullock looks completely healthy and the small amount of kicking he did at OTAs he had some good power behind the football. There is still some time to work on his accuracy but his leg strength looks much better in 2013.
Outlook: Bullock, the only drafted kicker in franchise history, needs to prove a pick on a kicker is not a bad thing.
Shapiro can both punt and kick and he was brought in to spell both Lechler and Bullock in camp. The rookie understands his role and expect him to get plenty of work during the preseason.
Outlook: Shapiro can impress the Texans and other teams with his ability. One thing is for certain, the Texans will bring back players they have had in camp if the situation calls for it.
Punt and Kick Returners
Here are the potential returners of the Texans.