The Saints have made a change at kicker.
Zach Hocker has been let go by the New Orleans Saints after missing a pair of field goals during Thursday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons and will be replaced by Kai Forbath, according to league sources.
Hocker missed Thursday night from 51 and 47 yards, bringing his total to four missed field goals over six games, including one at the end of regulation in a win over the Dallas Cowboys. He has also missed an extra point.
Coach Sean Payton said last week that the team needed to be better in this area.
“They were just misses. I thought the operation was fairly clean, the protection was good,” coach Sean Payton said. “It’s just something we got to keep working on and we’re going to play in a game that is a little closer than that –that one easily could have been real close — we just got to be better.”
Forbath, who joined the Washington Redskins in 2012 and played there until earlier this year, has made 60-of-69 attempts throughout his career. He is 23 of 27 from 40-49 yards and 2 of 4 from 50 yards and further. His career long is also 50 yards.
Forbath beat Zach Hocker out for the job in Washington last season. He was then cut after the season opener after missing a kick from 46 yards and replaced by Dustin Hopkins, who Hocker beat out during the preseason for the job in New Orleans.
Hopkins appeared to be more accurate during training camp but failed to convert that to the preseason. He missed two kicks that were longer than 50 yards, finishing 3-for-5. Hocker, meanwhile, hit from 47, 50 and 53 yards. His only miss was from 50 yards.
Hopkins has now made 10 of his 11 attempts in Washington to start the season.
The Saints have twice brought in kickers for work outs since the start of the season but both times decided to remain with Hocker. Kyle Brindza, Randy Bullock and Forbath were among those who worked out.