Wil Lutz had a very impressive rookie season as an UDFA.
After watching Kai Forbath and Connor Barth compete for the kicker spot all through the offseason, the Saints elected to go with UDFA Wil Lutz just before the season began.
Lutz had spent the offseason trying to crack the Ravens roster. But he wasn’t going to beat out arguably the best kicker in the league, Justin Tucker.
Lutz had a tryout with the Saints, which Sean Payton called “the best kicking workout” that he’d ever seen.
Wil Lutz proceeded to put together a very solid rookie season, which was marred only by a series of low kicks that were blocked. Some of those blocked kicks still made it through. Others were returned for touchdowns, and cost the Saints games.
But as the season progressed, and after the Saints brought in kicking specialist Kevin O’Dea, Lutz seemed to overcome those trajectory issues. And if that’s the case, then the Saints will have finally found their kicker.
Lutz showed clutch nerves, an accurate leg, and an impressive distance on his kicks. Sean Payton has been looking for a solid kicker for his whole career with New Orleans. And he may finally have found his guy in Lutz.
It’ll be nice if the Saints can finally rely on their kicking game.