The New Orleans Saints enter their Week 6 BYE donning a 3-2 record and being a very inconsistent team through the first five weeks of the season.
In Weeks 1, 3, and 5, the team secured double-digit point victories. In Weeks 2 and 4, however, the team looked sloppy, at best. Fortunately, the BYE falls on an even-numbered week, am I right?
During the first five weeks of the season, players have had their highs and lows. These seven players that I’m about to discuss saw their stock skyrocket upwards as the team enters a much-needed BYE week.
Let’s take a look at the Saints whose stock is soaring.
7. Wil Lutz
One might wonder “How is Wil Lutz on this list? He hasn’t even kicked a field goal yet this year!”
Well, I ask you — Are you aware of the Saints’ kicker situation?
To summarize, New Orleans had to place Lutz on IR during the preseason and brought in former Giants and Jaguars kicker Aldrick Rosas through the first four games of the season. Rosas made just one field goal during that time and was released following another rough outing in Week 4.
Then, the Saints signed Cody Parkey famous for his double-doink in the playoffs during the 2018 season. He played just one game, missing two extra points and getting injured, thus landing on IR.
Now, it’s Brian Johnson’s turn to be the kicker of the New Orleans Saints, which might be a curse at this point, we don’t know for sure. The Virginia Tech kicker was 100% on extra points last year with the Hokies but went 20-of-26 on field goal attempts, good for a 76.9 completion percentage.
When taking all of that into consideration, is it really all that shocking to see Lutz’s stock soar? The Saints need their Pro Bowl kicker back ASAP.