Mike Detillier: Lutz fills the Saints kicking void (1 Viewer)

By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

Saints coach Sean Payton is known for his offensive play calling and his offenses have been ranked in the Top 6 in every year he has been in New Orleans.

Another thing he has been known for is his lack of patience with kickers.

Up until the point when the Saints picked up placekicker Wil Lutz, Payton has averaged having a kicker a year during his tenure with the Saints.

For Lutz, a conversation between Payton and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh changed his football career and it put a fix to the Saints kicking woes.

“I was confident I could kick in the NFL to be honest, but I also knew when I signed with the Ravens coming out of Georgia State it would be difficult to beat out Justin Tucker,” Lutz said. “Justin is an elite kicker. He’s made a ton of game winning kicks for them. But the experience with the Ravens was great in watching a pro like Tucker on how he handles the mental part of the game, his techniques, his ability to work with the snapper and holder and he is all about perfection. I knew I would get another shot in the league once they released me late in 2016. And I appreciate Coach Harbaugh speaking to Sean (Payton) about giving me a chance.”

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