Randy Bullock ‘incredibly excited’ to replace Matt Prater as Detroit Lions K

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions have found a replacement for their clutch kicker.

Ex-Cincinnati Bengals kicker Randy Bullock said on Twitter late Thursday night that he is joining the Lions as Matt Prater’s replacement. NFL Network first reported the news.

“We are incredibly excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the Detroit Lions organization!” Bullock wrote as part of a good-bye message to the Bengals. “I can’t wait to work with Dan Campbell, Dave Fipp, and the entire Detroit Lions staff!”

Prater signed a two-year deal Wednesday with the Arizona Cardinals, where he reunites with his former special teams coach with the Denver Broncos, Jeff Rodgers.

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The NFL leader in made field goals from 50-plus yards in a career, Prater delivered a slew of big kicks for the Lions during his seven seasons in Detroit. He made game-winning 48-yard extra point and two game-winning field goals as time expired last season, though he had an uncharacteristically down year overall.

Bullock, 31, spent parts of the past five seasons with the Bengals and has played for four other teams in his nine-year career. He made 85% of his field goals with the Bengals, but was 50% from 50-plus yards.

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Last year, he missed a potential game-tying 31-yard kick late in the fourth quarter of an early-season loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Lions signed Matthew Wright to a futures deal earlier this offseason and are expected to have a kicking competition in training camp.

Wright was 4 for 4 on field goals and made all seven of his extra points in a brief cameo with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

Like Bullock, he’s known more for his accuracy than his strong leg.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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