Nick Novak K HOU 2 months ago

Novak has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak initially signed with the Texans after Randy Bullock struggled to begin last season. In taking over Houston's kicking duties, Novak connected on 29-of-31 extra points and 18-of-21 field goals, converting all of his attempts inside the 50-yard line as well.

Nick Novak K HOU 4 months ago

Novak converted three of his four field-goal attempts and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 30-6 win over the Jaguars.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak and the Texans took advantage of weak-on-defense opponents the last two weeks. The team scored 64 points in wins over Tennessee and Jacksonville -- the highest point total in a two-game stretch all season -- with 22 of those points off the foot of Novak. While his leg wasn't as strong as Randy Bullock, the man he replaced in Week 4, Novak was more reliable, making 18 of his 21 field-goal attempts.

Nick Novak K HOU 4 months ago

Novak successfully converted three of his four field-goal attempts and added an extra-point kick in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Colts.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak converted from 22, 46 and 32 yards with the lone miss being a 56-yard attempt. He has 16 points the last two weeks and will have a favorable matchup in Week 16 against Tennessee, who currently rank 24th with 25.8 points allowed per game.

Nick Novak K HOU 5 months ago

Novak made one of his two extra-point tries and was not called on for a field-goal attempt in Sunday's 30-21 loss to Buffalo.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak had made his previous 15 kicks (nine extra points and six field goals) entering Sunday's game. The Texans' offense hasn't been very productive this season -- they average 21.1 points per game, tied for 21st -- so there may not be opportunity for Novak from week to week. He's attempted just three field goals in the last four weeks.

Nick Novak K HOU 6 months ago

Novak was successful on a 41-yard field goal and booted four extra points in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Since missing his first kick with Houston -- a 53-yard field goal attempt in Week 4 -- Novak has converted all three of his field goals and nine extra points.

Nick Novak K HOU 7 months ago

Novak was successful on two field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak took a little heat last week when he was well short on a 53-yard effort, but showed a better leg Thursday. His longest effort was from 49 yards that looked like it would have cleared from a longer distance.

Nick Novak K HOU 7 months ago

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Novak is adjusting to the kicking operation -- the snapper and the holder -- when discussing the kicker's miss in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

O'Brien acknowledged the actual kick -- a 53-yarder that fell well short of the crossbar -- was not close, but wants to see Novak getting "comfortable with the whole operation."

Nick Novak K HOU 7 months ago

Novak made all three of his extra-point kicks and missed a 53-yard field-goal attempt in Houston's Week 4 loss to the Falcons.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak was brought in this week to replace Randy Bullock, who was released. The field-goal miss is a forgivable offense and his extra-point conversions are something to rejoice after Bullock missed two during the first three weeks. Additionally, Novak had two touchbacks on kickoffs, an area of the kicking game considered a weakness for him.

Nick Novak K HOU 7 months ago

Novak was signed by the Texans on Tuesday, ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak will replace Randy Bullock, who missed two extra points in the first three games. Novak lost a kicking battle in San Diego this preseason, despite converting 86.3 percent of his field-goal attempts during his four-year tenure with the Chargers. His accuracy shouldn't be too much of an issue, but he doesn't have a great leg and will be attached to a very shaky Houston offense.

Nick Novak K HOU 8 months ago6 Comments

Novak was released by the Chargers on Saturday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Novak converted 86.3 percent of his field goals during his four-year tenure with the Chargers, but his lack of kicking power allowed undrafted rookie Josh Lambo to steal the gig. Now the starting kicker for what should be a very good offensive team, Lambo is worthy of consideration in nearly any format.