According to reports, the New Orleans Saints are taking a look at two kickers Tuesday. 34-year-old veteran Nick Novak and former Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis are both reportedly in the Big Easy.
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When training camp got underway, Hopkins quickly separated himself from his competition, drilling everything from close range to long. However, he missed a pair of kicks during the preseason, and well, obviously his performance did not meet expectations for the New Orleans Saints, who have struggled mightily at finding a consistent kicker for some time now.
Nick Novak has played everywhere from the NFL to NFL Europe, to the United Football League, last playing with the San Diego Chargers (2011-14). Novak has an 81% accuracy rate, making 120 of 147 field goals attempts.
Caleb Sturgis was drafted by Miami in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft when Jeff Ireland, who is now the New Orleans Saints assistant GM, was the GM down in South Florida.
Sturgis was a first-ream All-American and SEC selection at the University of Florida in 2012. However, he hasn’t yet found that kind of success in the National Football League, making just 77.5% of his kicks, but that potential is still there.
The Saints are likely building up a list so they can take their pick at a kicker, if they feel Hocker is not the man for the job. Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis could both be viable options if the fit is right.