Wil Lutz

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

Wil Lutz News

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

Gains medical clearance

Lutz (abdomen) announced Monday he has been cleared to return to game action, Rod Walker of The Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Lutz was forced to sit out the entire 2021 season after undergoing core-muscle surgery last August, and his absence as a steadfast presence was notable for New Orleans' offense. Getting Lutz back in action as the starting placekicker will be a notable boost for the Saints during the 2022 campaign.

Jun 13, 2022 9:53 AM EST

Shifts back to IR

Lutz (abdomen) was restored to IR from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Lutz was already out for the season after having core-muscle surgery and then suffering complications from it. Now that he has cleared COVID protocols, he can return to preparing for a return in 2022.

Jan 3, 2022 4:44 PM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list

The Saints shifted Lutz (illness) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Lutz already won't play this season due to core-muscle surgery and complications stemming from the procedure. Now, he's among 39 players to test positive for the virus Tuesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lutz will move his rehab away from team facilities and enter into quarantine until he passes the necessary league protocols.

Dec 28, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Rules self out for season

Lutz announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he had a setback in his recovery from core-muscle surgery and won't play in 2021.

Analysis: After Lutz underwent the procedure in early August, the Saints designated him for return from injured reserve last week with the hope that he would be ready to kick for the team by midseason. Unfortunately for Lutz, he hit a snag in his recovery just one week into his recovery, prompting him to rule out a return for 2021. He'll revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season once his 21-day evaluation window officially comes to a close in early November, paving the way for Brian Johnson to handle kicking duties for the Saints moving forward. Johnson, the third different kicker the Saints have used this season, made his NFL debut in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks and converted on both of his field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point try.

Oct 26, 2021 8:03 AM EST

Not returning Monday

The Saints didn't activate Lutz (core) from injured reserve Monday, making him ineligible to play Week 8 at Seattle, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Lutz was designated to return from IR last Monday, but one week wasn't enough for him to get back to 100 percent from the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. He'll thus aim to be available Sunday against the Buccaneers, but in the meantime New Orleans will roll with undrafted rookie Brian Johnson at kicker.

Oct 25, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Could be back Week 7

The Saints designated Lutz (abdomen) for a return from injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reported earlier this month that Lutz was trending toward making his season debut next Monday in Seattle, but even though Lutz has been cleared to resume practicing this week, it's unclear if he'll be deemed fit for kicking duties. Since New Orleans signed Brian Johnson off the Bears' practice squad Oct. 12, he'll need to remain on the 53-man roster for at least three games. Ideally, the Saints wouldn't want to dedicate two roster spots to kickers, but that could come to fruition if Lutz looks healthy enough in practice this week to get activated ahead of Monday's game. Whether he returns to the roster Week 7 or later on in the 21-day evaluation window, Lutz will presumably unseat the unproven Johnson atop the depth chart. The 27-year-old kicked in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2020, converting on 23 of 28 field-goal attempts and 57 of 58 extra-point tries.

Oct 18, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Week 7 return likely

Lutz (abdomen) is only expected to be sidelined a few more weeks, making his likely season debut Week 7 in Seattle on Monday, Oct. 25, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Saints are among the four teams with a Week 6 bye, so if their belief comes to pass Lutz actually will miss just five games as a result of the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. The team has the ability to open a three-week window to practice by designating him to return from IR. When that happens, it may indicate an even more precise return to action. In the interim, though, New Orleans has moved on to its second kicker of the season, swapping Aldrick Rosas for Cody Parkey this week.

Oct 5, 2021 2:32 PM EST

Likely won't return this week

Lutz (abdomen) likely won't return this week, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Lutz is eligible to return from IR this week, but he doesn't appear ready yet. The 27-year-old kicker underwent core muscle surgery in early August and was expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks. Aldrick Rosas was signed off the practice squad in Lutz's absence and has been performing well, but he missed two field goals during Sunday's win over the Patriots. Lutz's situation should be monitored on a week-to-week basis.

Sep 29, 2021 11:25 AM EST

Goes to IR

The Saints placed Lutz (core) on injured reserve Monday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: After undergoing core muscle surgery in early August, Lutz was expected to need 8-to-12 weeks to recover, meaning a move to IR was inevitable. While he can return as early as Week 4 against the Giants, his best-case scenario actually may be Week 5 at Washington. At the moment, the Saints don't have a kicker on the active roster, so they may be getting ready to elevate Aldrick Rosas from the practice squad on a weekly basis until Lutz is back in action.

Sep 6, 2021 2:41 PM EST

Undergoing core muscle surgery

Lutz will have core muscle surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Previous reports hinted at a recovery timeline of 8-12 weeks, essentially ruling Lutz out through September. He played all 16 games in each of his first five NFL seasons, and the Saints haven't been carrying another kicker at training camp. They'll likely look at a bunch of kickers in the coming days.

Aug 9, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Could be out 8-12 weeks

Lutz suffered a core muscle injury during Saturday's practice, and he now may need a surgery that would lead to an absence of eight weeks or longer, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune suggests the recovery timeline could be closer to 12 weeks, with Lutz needing longer than most players because he's a specialist. He played every game in each of his first five NFL seasons, but with the reliable 27-year-old now in danger of missing the first half of the upcoming campaign, the Saints figure to look at multiple free-agent kickers.

Aug 9, 2021 8:00 AM EST

Cleared for practice

Lutz (groin) was removed from the non-football injury list for Wednesday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The Saints never expected Lutz to miss much time and didn't even bother signing another kicker. The end of the Drews Brees era comes with some uncertainty, but Lutz is still a viable option at the end of fantasy drafts, as he's an accurate kicker who plays home games in a dome for what should be a competitive team.

Aug 4, 2021 9:20 AM EST

Heading to NFI list

The Saints placed Lutz on the non-football injury list with a "soft tissue" issue, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: GM Mickey Loomis relayed that he expects Lutz to have a "pretty quick" recovery, meaning he may not miss many practice reps at the beginning of training camp. And with more than two weeks until New Orleans' first preseason game, Lutz has a good chance to miss no exhibition action whatsoever.

Jul 28, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Agrees to restructure

Lutz agreed to re-work his contract with the Saints on Thursday, Luke Johnson of NOLA.com reports.

Analysis: The Saints will reportedly save $1.7 million in cap space by spreading some of the money owed to Lutz into future years. Lutz wrapped up 2020 with a career-worst 82.1 field goal percentage, which sets 2021 up to be a pivotal year for him.

Mar 4, 2021 3:18 PM EST

Perfect in divisional-round loss

Lutz connected on both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Lutz ended the season on a high note, nailing all four of his attempts in the 10-point loss. After a down year in terms of accuracy, the Saints' kicker will look to improve in 2021 when he returns to New Orleans for his sixth season.

Jan 18, 2021 8:07 AM EST

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