If Garrett Hartley will show any sign of being a rollercoaster of emotions, he could find himself occupying the bench. The key here, in my mind, is to at minimum hit the routine kicks.
If that happens, I don’t think the New Orleans Saints could or would overlook Hartley’s contract, youth, and the fact that he was Super Bowl hero not so long ago.
As a statistical comparison, (which says absolutely nothing for personality and leadership) Garrett Hartley finished the 2010 season 20 of 25, though, making his final 10 kicks and 15 of his final 16 kicks.
Last year, Kasay went 11 of 11 from inside of 30 yards and 10 of 10 inside 40 yards. He was 5 of 8 from inside 50 yards, and hit two from beyond 50. He was 63 of 63 in extra points.
Hartley appeared fully recovered from his hip problems during OTAs, showcasing his incredibly strong leg during practices. The young gun is likely the starter heading into camp, but Kasay is there nipping on his heels.