Sean Payton: ‘Something missing’ from kicker Zach Hocker’s performance last few weeks _lowres


The Saints’ decision to release Zach Hocker came down to makes and misses.

Too many misses. New Orleans loved the consistency of Hocker’s stroke coming out of training camp, but that consistency failed to carry over to the regular season.

Hocker made just nine of 13 field goals — missing from 30, 42, 48 and 51, including two against Atlanta — after a solid start.

“”There was something missing in the last few weeks,” Payton said. “That’s studying not only his made or missed kicks, but that’s also studying his PATs.”

Hocker’s leg strength, and his early performance, gave the Saints confidence early this season.

“In Zach’s case, look, here’s a young kicker who we felt did a very good job,” Payton said. “I mean, we open the season at Arizona, and he hits four.”