I’ll admit, when Lutz had a few early kicks blocked (though they generally made it through anyway), I had my doubts. Some still question the trajectory of his kicks. But I think Lutz has shown enough for fans to be optimistic that Payton may have finally found his guy at kicker.
For years the Saints kicker position has been a revolving door. One solid but unspectacular year after another. More than a few games lost at the foot of their somewhat-adequate kickers. Payton, I’m sure, was more fed up with it than even us fans.
So no surprise that, when Lutz supposedly had the best kicker workout Payton had ever seen, he brought him on immediately. And after a few shakey kicks early on, I think it’s pretty clear. Lutz will be the Saints kicker going forward.
He’ll earn a bigger contract than this in 2017, but kickers never break the bank. Assuming he keeps on developing, he could be a great player for this team. And even as he is, he’s better than Saints fans are used to.