Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker may still be neck and neck in the race to be the Saints’ next kicker.
Two preseason games and 10 practices remain before final cuts on Sept. 5.
And Saints head coach Sean Payton plans to use every kick, both on the practice field and under the lights, to make the final decision.
“You’re hoping that one stands out,” Payton said. “You’re hoping that one separates himself, so it would be practice, it would be the games.”
Hopkins and Hocker have each knocked through two field goals in preseason games and missed one, Hopkins’ miss coming from 55 yards against New England, Hocker from 50 against Baltimore.
Practices have told a similar story. Now, Payton is looking for one of the kickers to take a clear lead.
“Hopefully, that happens here soon,” Payton said. “Both of them have shown real good signs and then both of them, at times, haven’t been as consistent, so hopefully, in this game, throughout the next 10 days of practice, in Green Bay, we’ll get a better feel.”