Wil Lutz

New Orleans Saints
Place Kicker #3
New Orleans Saints
Place Kicker #3

Wil Lutz News

Ends season on sour note

Lutz missed both field goal attempts and converted his only extra-point try during Sunday's 10-7 defeat to Carolina.

Analysis: Lutz's streak of consistency over the second half of the season came to an end Week 18. The 28-year-old missed his first 44-yard field-goal attempt wide left early in the second quarter. Lutz also had a chance to put the Saints up 10-7 with under 1.5 minutes remaining, though this 55-yard attempt also went wide left after being tipped near the line of scrimmage. Lutz ends his career-worst 2022 campaign by converting 74 percent of his 31 field-goal tries while knocking through all 33 of his point-after tries over 17 games. He also had his shakiest season on long-distance tries, going 8-for-14 on attempts of 40 or more yards. Lutz could be in line for a make-or-break 2023 season as he enters the fifth and final year of his current contract with New Orleans.

Jan 9, 2023 9:06 AM EST

Nails 54-yarder in win

Lutz connected on 2-for-2 field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 point-after tries during Sunday's 20-10 victory over Philadelphia.

Analysis: Lutz split the uprights on a 54-yard attempt to put the Saints up 10-0 midway through the second quarter. This marked the 28-year-old's first attempt of 50 yards or more since Week 5, and he's now gone 4-for-5 on such attempts this season. Lutz will enter the final week of the 2022 campaign converting a career-low 79 percent of his 29 field-goal attempts, though he's been perfect on all 32 of his extra-point tries over 16 games.

Jan 2, 2023 7:02 AM EST

Knocks in another short FG

Lutz converted his lone field-goal attempt and 2-for-2 on point-after tries during Saturday's 17-10 victory over the Browns.

Analysis: Lutz continued to hit his layups, as his four made field goals over the last three games have come from within 39 yards. The sixth-year kicker has not attempted a field goal beyond 40 yards since Week 12, and all four of his 50-plus-yard tries came over the first five games of the year. Lutz is now 21-for-27 on field-goal attempts and has been perfect on all 30 of his point-after tries in 2022. The Saints should once again rely on Lutz to convert short field goals Week 17 versus Atlanta.

Dec 25, 2022 8:49 AM EST

Few opportunities Week 15

Lutz did not attempt a field goal, and nailed all three extra-point tries during Sunday's 21-18 win versus the Falcons.

Analysis: Lutz was denied his best opportunities for field goals Week 15, as the Saints fumbled and turned the ball over on downs during two of their four trips within the Atlanta 30-yard line. Otherwise, New Orleans' offense came away with two touchdowns to tight end Juwan Johnson in the red zone. Lutz remained efficient, as he has now missed just one kicking attempt over the last six games. For the season, the 28-year-old has gone 20-for-26 on field-goal attempts while making all 28 of his point-after tries. Lutz will look to keep up this solid run of kicking against Cleveland in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2022 7:45 AM EST

Back to full practice

Lutz (illness) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday's session due to an illness, Lutz was back operating on all cylinders one day later, all but clearing him Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. On the season, Lutz sits in a tie for 20th among kickers with at least 12 appearance with the Broncos' Brandon McManus at 6.5 points per game.

Dec 15, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Sidelined with illness

Lutz didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Lutz was listed as a non-participant on the Saints' initial Week 15 injury report with an illness, putting his availability in jeopardy. The severity of the aliment remains unclear, but the kicker will have two more opportunities to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Dec 14, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Reliable performance in MNF

Lutz converted all three field goal attempts and his only extra-point try during Monday's 17-16 defeat to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Lutz's production benefitted from the Saints' struggles to come away with touchdowns in the red zone, as he converted field goals of 38, 21 and 29 yards. The sixth-year kicker has now made 20 of his 26 field goals while converting all 25 of his point-after-tries this season. Lutz has also failed to connect on just two kicking attempts since Week 4. The Saints are on bye Week 14, but he should see a healthy number of opportunities when the team takes on an Atlanta defense that ranks 29th in total yards Week 15.

Dec 6, 2022 4:14 PM EST

One kicking attempt in shutout

Lutz missed his only field goal attempt during Sunday's 13-0 loss versus the 49ers.

Analysis: Lutz pushed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide left with the Saints down 13-0 late in the third quarter. New Orleans' offense then failed to convert on either of their two red-zone trips in the fourth quarter, thus denying the 28-year-old and point-after tries. Lutz's one kicking attempt marks his season low, as the Saints were shut out for the first time in 2022 by the 49ers' aggressive defense. He will look to recover from this performance next week against the division-rival Buccaneers, who held the kicker to just two combined kicking attempts during their previous Week 2 matchup.

Nov 28, 2022 12:16 PM EST

Nails all five kicking tries

Lutz converted both of his field goal attempts and went 3-for-3 on extra-point tries during Sunday's 27-20 win against the Rams.

Analysis: Lutz matched his total number of kicking attempts across his two previous outings, as the Saints' offense bounced back after scoring just two touchdowns in as many weeks. The 28-year-old also logged more than four total kicking attempts for the fifth time through 11 games, and he's now gone 15-for-20 on field-goal attempts while converting all 21 of his extra-point tries this season. New Orleans may trot out Lutz for more field goals if the team's offensive struggles pop back up against San Francisco's stout defense Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 9:43 PM EST

Knocks through lone FG attempt

Lutz converted his lone field-goal attempt from 44 yards and his only point-after try during Sunday's 20-10 defeat to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Lutz tied his season low in total kicking attempts as the Saints gained just 186 total offensive yards Sunday. The 28-year-old has now gone 15-for-20 on field-goal tries and made all 21 of his extra-point attempts this season, and he has converted all but one of his 12 field-goal attempts over the past six games.

Nov 13, 2022 11:14 PM EST

Hits all three kicks

Lutz made both of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Monday night's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Lutz converted from 33 and 37 yards on his field goals. The veteran now sports 62 points on the campaign, tying for the tenth-most at his position league-wide.

Nov 8, 2022 11:52 AM EST

Busy in blowout win

Lutz made one of two field-goal attempts while converting all three of his extra-point tries during the Saints' 24-0 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Lutz made a 37-yard field-goal attempt early in the second quarter Sunday but missed a 38-yard attempt wide right in the closing seconds of the first half. The missed field-goal try didn't have a significant impact in the blowout win, and it was his first missed field-goal attempt since Week 4. Over the last four games, Lutz has converted eight of nine field-goal attempts while making all 13 of his extra-point tries.

Oct 31, 2022 7:41 AM EST

Perfect on kicks Thursday

Lutz went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts while making all four of his extra-point tries in Thursday's 42-34 loss to Cardinals.

Analysis: Lutz was once again perfect Thursday, making two field goals in the contest. The first came in the third quarter from 25 yards and the other was a 45 yarder late in the fourth. Lutz was also able to go 4-for-4 on point-after attempts, improving to 16-for-16 on the year. The kicker has been a solid fantasy option this season and could be busy again when the Saints face the Raiders' uninspiring defense in Week 8.

Oct 21, 2022 7:31 AM EST

Converts six attempts in loss

Lutz converted on 4-for-4 field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 point-after tries during Sunday's 30-26 defeat against the Bengals.

Analysis: All four of Lutz's made field goals came on attempts between 30 to 39 yards, as the Saints offense struggled in the red zone with starting wideouts Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Chris Olave all sidelined. The sixth-year kicker has now made nine of his 13 field-goal tries and all 12 of his PATs this season. Lutz could see fewer short field-goal attempts if New Orleans' wide receiver corps returns to full strength for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Oct 17, 2022 4:42 PM EST

Given just one field-goal attempt

Lutz converted his only field-goal attempt and made all four of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Although the Saints managed to put up 39 points on the scoreboard in Week 5 against Seattle, Lutz registered just one field-goal try for the day which came from 56 yards out at the 9:34 mark in the first quarter. The 28-year-old kicker is now just 5-of-9 on field-goals and 10-of-10 on point-after tires in 2022, and he'll look to produce again Sunday against the Bengals.

Oct 10, 2022 8:31 AM EST

Doinks 61-yard attempt

Lutz converted one of his two field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Lutz made all three of his kicking attempts before missing a 61-yard field-goal try on the left upright in the waning seconds of regulation. The 28-year-old did convert a 60-yard field goal to tie the game with just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Lutz, who made all but five of his 28 field-goal tries over 16 games last year, has now missed four of his eight field-goal attempts while converting 6-of-6 PATs through four weeks of the 2022 campaign. The Saints offense likely will provide the starting kicker with few easy opportunities should starting quarterback Jameis Winston (back) and wideout Michael Thomas (foot) remain out.

Oct 3, 2022 7:55 PM EST

Misses two field goals in loss

Lutz went 0-for-2 on field-goal attempts while making both of his extra-point tries Sunday's 22-14 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Lutz had his first field-goal attempt blocked right before halftime and later missed a 48-yard try in the third quarter. The kicker is now 3-for-6 on field goals this year while he's gone 4-for-4 on PATs. The Saints' offense has only scored 24 points over the last two weeks, leaving Lutz with limited opportunities to produce for fantasy managers.

Sep 26, 2022 9:18 AM EST

Makes one FG in Week 2

Lutz made his lone field-goal attempt from 31 yards and converted his only PAT attempt in Sunday's 20-10 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Lutz didn't get many opportunities in this defensive battle. As long as star running back Alvin Kamara is sidelined by a rib injury, the Saints may find it difficult to move the ball, thus limiting Lutz's volume.

Sep 19, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Bounces back after early miss

Lutz made two of three field-goal attempts and his only extra-point try during Sunday's 27-26 victory over the Falcons.

Analysis: Lutz' first field-goal attempt -- 44-yarder in the first quarter -- hit the left upright and was no good, but he bounced back and made his next two field goals. His first make was a 49-yard attempt in the third quarter that cut Atlanta's advantage to 16-10, and he gave the Saints' a one-point lead after drilling a 51-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in regulation. Lutz underwent core-muscle surgery in August of 2021 that kept him sidelined for the entire campaign, but he looks to have shaken off the rust after missing his first kick of the 2022 season.

Sep 12, 2022 10:09 AM EST

Shows impressive range

Lutz made his lone field-goal attempt and extra-point attempt in Friday's 20-10 preseason loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Lutz underwent core-muscle surgery in August of 2021 that kept him sidelined for the entirety of the campaign. He showed no signs of rust Friday, converting a 59-yard field-goal attempt at the close of the first quarter. Lutz has a strong track record of being an accurate kicker and appears to be back to form and ready for the regular season.

Aug 19, 2022 9:53 PM EST

News powered by