The New Orleans Saints are bringing in veteran kickers Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis for a Tuesday tryout, multiple sources confirmed to The Advocate.
Novak, 34, has spent the last four seasons with the San Diego Chargers, making 86.3 percent of his kicks out west, including 22 of 26 last season. The longest kick Novak has made in the NFL came from 53 yards in 2011.
The veteran kicker was beaten out in San Diego’s training camp by undrafted Texas A&M rookie Josh Lambo.
Sturgis, a 26-year-old former Florida product, has spent the last two seasons kicking for the Miami Dolphins, making 77.5 percent of his kicks during that time while battling several injuries.
Sturgis lost a training camp battle to rookie Andrew Franks, who kicked for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
On Saturday, the Saints cut Dustin Hopkins, one of two second-year kickers competing for the final job, and told former Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker that he’d won the job, according to a source.
Hocker made 4-of-5 field goals in the preseason, belting through kicks of 47, 50 and 53 yards. His only miss came from 50 yards against Baltimore, although he bounced back to make one from the same distance later in the game.