Garrett Hartley will have to win kicking job from John Kasay
The New Orleans Saints were forced to scramble for a kicker at the start of last season when Garrett Hartley was sidelined with a hip injury.
The solution was veteran John Kasay. Now with Hartley healthy again, he’s not just going to reclaim his job. According to Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hartley will have to win the job in a competition with the 42-year-old Kasay.
“We're going to make it competitive, absolutely,” Saints special teams coach Greg McMahon said. “All phases of our team are. We re-signed John for a reason. Garrett knows that, and it will certainly be good competition. It's healthy. It's good for us.”
Kasay connected on 28 of 34 field goals last season, including a 53-yarder. He’s eighth in the NFL all-time in scoring, 30 points shy of 2,000 for his career. Hartley made key kicks during the team’s Super Bowl run and is 42 of 49 in his career on field goals.
The competition is on.
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