After Bullock suffered a calf injury while warming up minutes before Sunday’s game vs. Denver, the Titans’ veteran kicker was limited in his kicking capabilities for the game. Bullock was only able to attempt short field goals and PAT’s, while punter Ryan Stonehouse was assigned to kickoff duty.
Hoping to make sure that situation didn’t repeat itself, Tennessee signed veteran kicker Josh Lambo to the practice squad on Tuesday as their insurance policy in case Bullock was unavailable.
#Titans sign K Josh Lambo to their practice squad following Randy Bullock's injury on Sunday afternoon.— Sam Phalen (@Sam_Phalen) November 15, 2022
As it turns out, the Titans will be cashing in on that insurance policy after all.
Five Titans players were officially ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Packers, with one of them being Randy Bullock. That slates Lambo, who was signed to the 53-man roster on Wednesday, to be the kicker.
#Titans waive Chris Conley, sign Josh Lambo to the 53. Randy Bullock officially out for TNF— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) November 16, 2022
As far as insurance policies go, Lambo is probably as good as it gets. The former Chargers and Jaguars kicker is now in his eighth NFL season, and has a history of NFL success.
When Titans’ special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman was asked on Tuesday about why the Titans chose Lambo over other options, he mentioned both his familiarity with the player, and Lambo’s experience as distinguishing qualities.
“I’ve worked with Josh beforehand when we were with the Chargers together,” Aukerman said. “Josh, for four years, was over a 90 percent field goal kicker. He had one bad year last year, but he’s a professional, he’s done it before in the past, he has kicked up in Lambeau. So, having a guy that has some experience if he’s called upon is great.”
To Aukerman’s point, Lambo shouldn’t be phased by the weather that comes with playing in Green Bay. Originally born in Lansing, Michigan, Lambo attended high school in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Lambo has connected on 128 of 147 field goal attempts (87.1%) over his career with a career long of 59 yards. His big leg adds an interesting element to the Titans special teams unit that Randy Bullock doesn’t have, even when healthy.
Hopefully things go off without a hitch.
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