When it comes to the special teams aspect of the New Orleans Saints roster, it’s not too difficult to see what the unit could look like. Let’s take a look at the depth chart for this summer, though.
Special teams were a mixed bag for the New Orleans Saints in 2021 but a big reason as to why that was the case was that Wil Lutz missed the entire season due to injury. NOLA cycled through several different kickers throughout the year and while Brett Maher eventually settled in and gave them a decent option in the final few games, it’s good to have Lutz back on the roster.
At punter, the team was in year one of the post-Thomas Morstead era. Blake Gillikin took over the punting duties and flourished as a rookie. He truly was a secret weapon for the Saints and it did benefit them to punt rather than go for it in most cases because of Gillikin’s leg.
Long snappers aren’t typically discussed unless they mess up and fortunately, Zach Wood hasn’t done that much, if at all during his five years in the Big Easy.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at each spot on the special teams depth chart.
Long Snapper: Zach Wood
As mentioned above, Zach Wood will be the long snapper for the Saints unless something unexpected pops up. He’s the only long snapper on the roster and has been the team’s long snapper for five years. The former SMU product is going to keep his job in all likelihood.