The Texans re-signed Novak to a one-year contract in March. Novak first signed with the Texans as a free agent in late September. He connected on 29 of 31 extra points and 18 of 21 field goals. But was just 2 of 5 from 50-plus yards. In fact, as CBSSports.com notes, for his career Novak is just 13 of 23 from 50-plus yards. Still, the experienced Novak has converted 138 of 168 career field goals for 82.1 percent accuracy. He's made 93 percent of his field goals 40 yards and under over the past four seasons. Despite that accuracy, Novak doesn't measure up to some of the bigger legs who should kick more field goals and be more efficient from over 50 yards. Go with another kicker to start the season.
Nick Novak 2015 Outlook
Nick Novak is among those who believe the league’s new 33-yard PAT distance will reward the league’s better kickers. “I think it makes my job that much more exciting,” Novak told U-T San Diego. “There could be games where I may not get any work, just lighting up the scoreboard and scoring touchdowns, which is a good thing. Now, I have the privilege of kicking 33-yard field goals, maybe four of five a game -- I call them field goals because they’re from 33 yards. And I may kick four or five field goals. My workload is going to go up. It’s exciting to showcase what I can do. I think it increases the value of a kicker, too. Accuracy is going to be a (more valued commodity).” Accuracy, he’s had. And scoring as well. Kickoffs have been a weakness, however. No matter, if the Chargers, who scored just six rushing touchdowns last season, can’t improve on their 54 percent red-zone touchdown scoring, Novak will continue getting ample opportunity to score.
Nick Novak 2014 Outlook
Novak had one of the best seasons in franchise history for a kicker, tying John Carney's team record for most-made field goals in a season with 34. Novak also set a franchise record for accuracy with a 91.9 percent conversion rate (34 of 37) on field goals. Which is a good thing. The downside? Novak finished in the bottom of the league in touchbacks, with 19.6 percent of his kickoffs resulting in opposing teams getting the ball at the 20-yard line. ... Nonetheless, Novak ranked seventh in fantasy points among kickers in 2013, nailing 11 field goals from 40-plus yards. Playing in tandem with a Chargers offense that while it moved the ball well only ranked 12th in scoring works in his favor (which explains the number of field goals made). Grab him if you happen to miss out on the beginning of the kicker run in your draft.