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Texans’ Brian Peters a rare breed: Both linebacker and kicker

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 2: Will Fuller #15 of the Houston Texans is congratulated by Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans after a punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

Houston’s Brian Peters is playing a combination of positions that’s unheard of in the modern NFL: He plays both linebacker and kicker.

Although Peters is listed as a linebacker, on Sunday against the Vikings he took the field for the Texans’ first two kickoffs and did well, as the Texans kicked high and short and stopped the Vikings at the 16-yard line and the 24-yard line.

Peters was a kicker in high school, and Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after the game that he had seen Peters kick in practice and liked the way he kicked the ball.

“Well, one of the reasons why we did that was because we were concerned about their returners, and he had kicked different types of kicks very well for us during the week – squib kicks,” O’Brien said. “He had been able to kick it out of the end zone a couple of times for us, and actually, the times – especially the first kickoff – when he kicked it, it was kind of a knuckleball that we instructed him to do it that way and we ended up tackling the guy I think around the 15-yard line, so that worked out really well. We’re just trying to change it up. Sometimes it’s good to change that up for the opponent to have to deal with that.”

Peters suffered a quadriceps injury later in the game so the Texans’ usual kicker, Nick Novak, went back to handling kickoffs. O’Brien said he thinks both players will kick off as the season goes on.

“Sometimes we want Nick in there to direct it a certain way and things like that, but Brian, we think, has a real strong leg and he can do some things that we need him to do,” O’Brien said.

An undrafted rookie in 2012, Peters has bounced around the NFL and also played in the Arena league, the United Football League and the Canadian Football League. The more different jobs Peters can fill, the more likely he is to keep a job, and so it’s a good sign for him that the Texans think he can play both linebacker and kicker.

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16 Responses to “Texans’ Brian Peters a rare breed: Both linebacker and kicker”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    kickers are literaly not people. no 1st amendment rights either.

  2. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    Cute story. Too bad he plays for that dumpster heap! GO PACK

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  3. groleo45 says: Oct 11, 2016 9:16 AM

    Pretty awesome–somewhat reminiscent of Doug Flutie and his drop kick.

    Also, it seems like the kick out of the endzone is no longer the best play in a lot of instances. A high kick fielded at the 5 has a pretty low chance of being returned past the 25.

  4. TheDPR says: Oct 11, 2016 9:31 AM

    The bonus not mentioned is that as a linebacker he’s probably a lot better tackler than Novak so that liability is taken off the coverage team.

  5. codiablo says: Oct 11, 2016 9:45 AM

    Too bad he can’t punt too…signed Marcus Sherels

  6. elmogotagun says: Oct 11, 2016 10:02 AM

    Forgot about Janikowski? He’s like +250lbs.

  7. corchamp says: Oct 11, 2016 10:04 AM

    Vince Wilfork laughs at you

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:06 AM

    Given how much he’s bounced around in the lower level leagues he may have just extended his NFL career by literally years if he’s a good kicker.

    He can do that long after he won’t be able to play LB at this level.

  9. socalmaverick says: Oct 11, 2016 10:09 AM

    The better question is—Can he hit Hopkins in stride?

  10. amishninjas says: Oct 11, 2016 10:11 AM

    “kickers are literaly not people. no 1st amendment rights either.”

    Sounds like someone doesn’t know what “literally” means.

  11. texansfan82 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:18 AM

    I’ve followed the guy through a strong (although brief) career in the CFL, and now onto my Texans. Really great guy and a great story. Literally willing to do whatever it takes to stick on an NFL roster.

  12. mattbilleauthor says: Oct 11, 2016 10:59 AM

    Tampa Bay should trade for him.

  13. blackheld says: Oct 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    Wayne Walker played linebacker and kicker for the Lions, for many years.

  14. tindeaux says: Oct 11, 2016 12:36 PM

    good for him. only problem is – is he really good at either???

  15. marmac2768 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:34 PM

    “kickers are literaly not people. no 1st amendment rights either.”

    I tell you what …… YOU tell him he is not a person!! Not me!!

    Yeah, but when you need one to kick it deep, or do a squib kick or an onside kick, you love ’em!! All I know is this; if he decided to do an onside kick, and do that straight ahead “dribble” kick, if I saw him coming toward me, I might just get OUT OF HIS WAY!! He is definitely not your typical kicker.

  16. marmac2768 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:35 PM

    “Tampa Bay should trade for him.”

    He doesn’t kick field goals, he does kickoffs.

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