Rookie kicker Wil Lutz was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday, an honor no rookie kicker has ever won for the Saints before.

But Lutz, who made the game-winning 52-yarder, found himself beaten out for special teams honors in his own locker room.

Undrafted free agent Jake Lampman, on the other hand, made three tackles and played the part of wrecking ball in the kicking game.

"He got an atta boy, honestly, Wil Lutz did," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "Jake Lampman was our game-ball winner on special teams. ... When you go back and look at the film, it was outstanding. His first game up, he was fantastic."

Lampman, a 6-foot, 205-pound wide receiver from Division II Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich., was making his NFL debut. Brought in as one of 44 undrafted free agents who got a tryout in New Orleans but not an initial contract, Lampman fought his way onto the 90-man roster in three days of rookie minicamp. 

His toughness kept catching the coaches' eyes throughout the summer. 

"The early impressions with Jake back in training camp was he was someone who can run and play physical," Payton said."

New Orleans made Lampman, who spent the first four games on the practice squad. a member of the active roster last Saturday, finishing a blueprint he set before the draft process ever began.

"Before the draft, I sat down with my receivers coach, Sparky McEwen, and my agent (Paul Bobbitt), and we mapped out a plan," Lampman said. "The plan was get on a 53-man roster, get active, and I knew I had the ability, the skill set to make it that far." 

Lampman knew it might take a while.

And then, all of a sudden, the last couple of steps all happened in a 24-hour period last weekend. 

"Biggest crowd I've probably ever played in front of in my entire life," Lampman said. "You never know on special teams how many plays you're going to get. ... So you've got to make every one count."

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