Free agent kicker Nick Novak is healthy once again and ready to audition for teams, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. This week, Novak won a kicking competition at the John Carney specialty camp over Nick Folk and others, so it sounds like he’s back to his old form.
Novak has enjoyed two separate stints with the Chargers: he first kicked for the club from 2011-14 before reuniting for a nine-game stretch in 2017. One of four kickers to appear in a game for Los Angeles last season, Novak converted only 9-of-13 field goal attempts and also missed an extra point. Towards the end of the year, Novak aggravated a back injury and was placed on IR. In 2016, Novak nailed 85.4% of his attempts with the Texans, which was a tick above his career average.
Novak, who will turn 37 in August, is hoping to get another shot in the NFL. There are no real kicker vacancies at this stage of the offseason, but it’s not uncommon for teams to bring in additional competition for the job.
Despite his struggles last year, Novak was once among the league’s best kickers. In 2013, he sank 91.9% of his attempts and connected on all eleven of his tries from 40-50 yards out.
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