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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:59:22 -0700
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak (concussion) cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Fantasy Tip: There are better options, for sure, but Novak isn't the worst starting kicker for fantasy purposes. He made 18 of his 21 field goal attempts last season and 29 of 31 extra point attempts.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:11:56 -0700
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak (concussion) is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Fantasy Tip: Novak hasn't even technically won the starting kicker position yet, but he's probably still the favorite. Kickers are a dime a dozen, but Novak would be in low-end PK1 range if he does start.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:53:25 -0700
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak will try to hold off PK Ka'imi Fairbairn for the kicker job during the minicamp and training camp. Novak did not miss any kicks from inside 50 yards in 2015, while Fairbairn has a strong leg and would help field positions during kickoffs.
Fantasy Tip: Novak likely is the leading candidate for the job but could lose it to Fairbairn if he struggles during preseason. He should be considered a mid-range starting kicker in fantasy leagues if he wins the job.
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:56:49 -0800
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Texans Monday, March 7.
Fantasy Tip: Novak made 18 of his 21 field goal attempts last season in his first year with Houston, and he's always been more of an underrated booter. Consider him a low-end fantasy kicking option on draft day.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:34:59 -0800
Houston Texans WR Nate Washington (hip) and PK Nick Novak (thigh) both practiced in full Friday, Nov. 20, and are probable for Week 11 against the New York Jets.
Fantasy Tip: Now that it's official that T.J. Yates is starting under center for Houston against a very capable defense, neither Washington ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) nor Novak are very attractive to fantasy owners this weekend.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:29:22 -0800
Houston Texans PK Nick Novak (thigh) and WR Nate Washington (hip) both participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Washington ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) has been inconsistent throughout the 2015 season, and T.J. Yates will start this week, which gives less value to Houston's offense as a whole, including Novak . Use discretion with these guys in Week 11.
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:56:25 -0800
Houston Texans WR Nate Washington (hip) and PK Nick Novak (thigh) both practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Fantasy Tip: With Brian Hoyer (concussion) questionable this week, Houston's offense could suffer in a full game with T.J. Yates at the helm, which would in turn hurt the fantasy value of both Washington ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) and Novak. Washington had only two catches last Monday and has been inconsistent anyway.
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:13:48 -0700
Free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chargers) will sign with the Houston Texans Tuesday, Sept. 29. PK Randy Bullock was released.
Fantasy Tip: Novak has immediate fantasy value, especially with favorable matchups. If your kicker has been disappointing so far, picking up Novak is worth a shot.
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:50:24 -0700
Free-agent PKs Nick Novak (Chargers), Kai Forbath (Redskins), Chris Boswell (Giants), Connor Barth (Buccaneers) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Raiders) are auditioning for the Houston Texans Tuesday, Sept. 29, according to sources. Texans PK Randy Bullock missed a 43-yard field goal and an extra point during the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fantasy Tip: Bullock is clearly on the hot seat, but the tryout may also just be a means of motivating the incumbent, too. Seasonal players will want to take a wait-and-see approach and stay the course until there is an official announcement. The Texans are averaging two field goal attempts per game through the first three weeks of the season, and the Houston defense projects favorably most weeks, so the job has value, especially in the right matchups.
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:13:27 -0700
Free-agent PKs Billy Cundiff (Panthers), Nick Novak (Chargers) and Caleb Sturgis (Dolphins) are among the kickers that are working out for the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Sept. 28. PK Cody Parkey (groin) is dealing with a groin injury.
Fantasy Tip: Parkey may not be able to play in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, so the team may have to sign another kicker. Owners probably should avoid whoever the kicker is for the Eagles since their offense has struggled.
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:58:51 -0700
Free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chargers) won't be signed by the New Orleans Saints at this time. They could in the near future, however, if PK Zach Hocker struggles.
Fantasy Tip: There are better options at kicker Hocker, but either he or Novak could be worth a pickup if one of them cements themselves as the starting kicker.
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:26:03 -0700
Free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chargers) will work out for the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Fantasy Tip: Novak has the potential to be a worthwhile pickup off waivers if he lands in New Orleans. He should have opportunities to score and would have a dome as his home.
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 11:34:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak was released Saturday, Sept. 5, according to a source. Rookie PK Josh Lambo is expected to start.
Fantasy Tip: Lambo still needs to prove himself when the games matter. There are probably better kicker options on waivers in your league(s).
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:33:49 -0800
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers P Mike Scifres (shoulder) left the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots in the first half due to a shoulder injury, and the team announced he will not return. There is concern he has a possible broken collarbone, and the severity of his shoulder injury is not known. With Scifres out, PK Nick Novak took over punting duties, and S Eric Weddle took over as the holder, a job Scifres normally does.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:10:43 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak made a pair of field goals and he had two extra points in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. He has made 23 straight successful field goal attempts, passing former PK Nate Kaeding for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:48:02 -0800
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak (back) suffered an apparent lower back injury in the first half of the Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team chiropractor was seen working on Novak's back on the sideline.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 13:26:43 -0800
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chargers) on a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:07:40 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nate Kaeding (groin) has been ruled out for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos. PK Nick Novak will start for the third straight game in his absence.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:46:38 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nate Kaeding (groin) was unable to practice Wednesday, Oct. 3. If he is unable to go in Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints, PK Nick Novak will again handle the placekicking chores.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:37:23 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have re-signed PK Nick Novak. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He will be the kicker Week 4 because PK Nate Kaeding (groin) did not travel with the team.
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 09:51:25 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have released DE Jacques Cesaire, OT Anthony X. Davis, OT Mario Henderson, FB Jacob Hester and PK Nick Novak. The team waived RB Edwin Baker, OG Colin Baxter, OT Charlie Bryant, LB Ricky Elmore, LB Darryl Gamble, CB Gregory Gatson, DE Logan Harrell, CB Arthur Hobbs, QB Jarrett Lee, P Robert Malone, CB De'Andre Presley, DE Damik Scafe, OF Stephen Schilling, TE Kory Sperry and WR Mike Willie. The team also placed SS Sean Cattouse (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve.
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:27:16 -0800
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak might have kicked himself out of a job down the stretch, missing six of his final 16 field goal attempts. PK Nate Kaeding (knee) is expecting to resume his old job once he is healthy.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:59:56 -0800
The San Diego Chargers have both PKs Nate Kaeding (knee) and Nick Novak under contract through 2012, but the team is unwilling to roster both during the season, according to team sources. Kaeding is ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he said last week that he expects to resume kicking field goals again late in January. Kaeding said he doesn't anticipate camp competition, but that's exactly what might happen with the two.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 08:32:02 -0800
San Diego Chargers PKs Nate Kaeding and Nick Novak are expected to compete for the placekicking job during training camp since both are under contract for next season. It is believed Kaeding thinks he should get his job back after missing most of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Sun, 06 Nov 2011 22:07:08 -0800
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak booted a career-long 52-yard field goal in the Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he also added five extra points.
Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:06:04 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak missed his first field goal attempt of the season in the Week 8 game Monday, Oct. 31, against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was able to knock through four field goals.
Sun, 09 Oct 2011 18:17:56 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak had five field goals (24, 32, 28, 51, 35) and two extra points in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Novak is a perfect 11-for-11 on field goal attempts, and 9-for-9 on extra points in four games since taking over for the injured PK Nate Kaeding (knee).
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:15:16 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak has made all six of his field goal attempts since signing with the team to replace the injured PK Nate Kaeding (knee). "I feel like I've prepared to kick well for the last three years," Novak said. "I just think it was a maturation process and I just really, feels great now to kind of actualize my dream and to be successful and I think the root of that is my preparation in practice and my preparation before I got the job, just trying to stay ready."
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:11:30 -0700
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak posted three extra points with no field goal attempts in his debut in Week 2 against the New England Patriots.
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:56:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, the San Diego Chargers signed PK Nick Novak to a two-year deal Tuesday, Sept. 13. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:26:11 -0700
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent PK Nick Novak (Jets) Tuesday, Sept. 13, to replace PK Nate Kaeding (knee).
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:35:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, in addition to free-agent PK Nick Novak (Jets), the San Diego Chargers might also be interested in free-agent PKs Dave Rayner (Lions) and Jeff Reed (Seahawks) as they look to replace PK Nate Kaeding (knee), who is out for the season.
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:49:52 -0700
The San Diego Chargers could pursue free-agent PK Nick Novak (Jets) to take over for injured PK Nate Kaeding (knee).
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:58:36 -0700
The New York Jets will release PK Nick Novak, according to a source. As a result, PK Nick Folk will be the team's place kicker.
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 09:58:28 -0700
New York Jets PKs Nick Folk and Nick Novak are expected to compete for the kicking job during training camp.
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:57:39 -0800
The New York Jets have signed United Football League PK Nick Novak, a source told Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:43:48 -0700
The United Football League would not allow Florida Tuskers kicker Nick Novak to sign with an unidentified NFL team, a source told Aaron Wilson, of NationalFootballPost.com. The Tuskers were willing to grant Novak his release and the NFL team was willing to pay a $150,000 release fee, but UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue denied the move.
Sat, 04 Sep 2010 12:04:03 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have announced they have released OT Brady Bond, FB Richard Brockel, TE Dedrick Epps, WR Richard Goodman, OL Jeff Hansen, DE Derrick Jones, FB Billy Latsko, C Ryan McDonald, LB Mike Nixon, PK Nick Novak, P Glenn Pakulak, OT Nic Richmond, CB Traye Simmons, OG Cameron Stephenson, SS Quinton Teal and LB Kion Wilson.
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:46:03 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have signed free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chiefs), a league source with knowledge of the situation told the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:52:50 -0700
Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Cleveland Browns are scheduled to work out unrestricted free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chiefs) next week, according to a source.
Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:39:00 -0800
Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports the Cincinnati Bengals worked out free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chiefs) Friday, Feb. 12, according to a league source.
Mon, 07 Dec 2009 19:29:22 -0800
Updating a previous item, Jason La Canfora, of NFL.com, reports the Washington Redskins will work out free agents PK Nick Novak (Chiefs), PK Shane Andrus (Buccaneers), PK Graham Gano (Titans) and PK Mike Nugent (Buccaneers) Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 16:49:05 -0700
John Niyo, of The Detroit News, reports the Detroit Lions are brining in free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chiefs) for a tryout.
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:33:13 -0700
Brad Biggs, of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports the Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to work out unrestricted free-agent PK Nick Novak (Chiefs) Thursday, June 4.
Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:14:09 -0700
Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have released PK Nick Novak.
Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:06:18 -0700
The Associated Press reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Nick Novak made four of his five field goals attempts in the team's Week 4 game.
Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:11:46 -0700
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Nick Novak will be the team's place kicker this season.
Wed, 20 Aug 2008 02:13:19 -0700
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs PKs Nick Novak and Connor Barth could both be on their way out after the team's next preseason game. The team does not appear sold on either of them.
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 08:30:31 -0700
The Associated Press reports the Kansas City Chiefs have charted around 130 field goals from kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth. The two have both made around 85 percent of their kicks.
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 10:12:13 -0700
Bob Gretz, of KCChiefs.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs PK Nick Novak had a great week, making all six of his field goals.