Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Billy Cundiff practiced inside FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, working on his mechanics and hoping to snap out of his recent funk.
He won't play there Sunday.
Cundiff's release comes a week after he missed a 40-yarder in a one-point loss to Indianapolis and following two days in which he kicked well in practice before injuring his knee.
Cundiff missed Friday's practice and coach Mike Pettine said the 34-year-old veteran had injured himself the previous day, the story said. Cundiff refused to discuss his injury, deferring all questions about his status to Pettine. Although Cundiff had a sleeve on his left leg, the Browns said on their injury report he hurt his right knee.
Shayne Graham, who was signed to replace Hartley last year, has been mostly solid. He's made 18-of-20 field goals this season and was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in October.
Graham, who just turned 37, missed a 42-yarder in a 41-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, which drew the ire of Sean Payton on the sideline.
Hartley tweeted that he was in New Orleans on Tuesday night, but also cautioned fans not to read into it. How much interest the Saints have in Hartley, or whether his tryout is intended to be a message to Graham, is unknown.
This serves as a heads up for Shayne Graham owners. He may not be on solid footing heading into the stretch run.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:29pm
Coons is on the roster, while Maikon Bonani is being cut, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
We’ll have to see how it pans out from here. Tennessee had three veteran free-agent kickers in for workouts recently. Jay Feely played for Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona. Rian Lindell and Garrett Hartley were also in Nashville.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:40pm
Saints K Shayne Graham has survived parts of 14 seasons as a journeyman NFL kicker, so arriving at training camp with no guarantee of a job is hardly unusual for him.
Graham was signed by the Saints last December after the team parted ways with Garrett Hartley. Graham kicked reasonably well, although he missed two field goals in difficult conditions in the Saints' season-ending loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
"There's competition there, but (Graham's) efficiency is very good. He'll be a tough guy to beat out," said Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Dimke, 24, hit six field goals in the preseason for Tampa Bay in 2013 and had a brief stint with Detroit in the 2012 preseason, but has never made a regular season NFL roster. Graham is poised to be one of the top fantasy kickers this season.
Hartley was up and down this season and his downs were ugly. He was coming off a game where he missed a 26-yarder and had another kick blocked against the Rams, so this was pretty easy to see coming. Graham should get his chances to put up points and will likely be a top play the next two weeks.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:29am
When Saints HC Sean Payton was asked specifically about K Garrett Hartley, who missed two field goals Sunday, Payton responded with a general answer: "Listen, I think we're looking closely at every element. You know, I told the players today in the team meeting we're looking closely at each aspect of this team. And not trying to read into my answer, I just think it's important for us to do that.
"Whether it's [the kicker], the tackle position, whether it's a player on defense, the one thing I know I don't want to do is just repeat the process over and over again. So we're gonna look closely at what our options are and what gives us the best chance as we get ready to play this coming week and then obviously one week remaining."
Hartley missed an easy 26-yarder last week and had another FG blocked. Last month when Hartley was going through a rough patch, the Saints brought in five kickers for tryouts to update their emergency list -- including longtime veterans Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham. Even if Hartley plays this week in a must-have game, he's going to be risky.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 11:01am
K Garrett Hartley probably had his worst practice of training camp just as the Saints waived kicker Jose Maltos, who was Hartley's only competition in camp. Hartley missed two 40-yard attempts midway during practice with the second being worst than the first.
Hartley did make both of his attempts at the end of practice during two-minute team drills. So all isn't too bad. The two earlier misses were too much to ignore, though.
Owners who draft Hartley to be a part of the Saints' high-octane offense need to be aware that he's not having the best camp.
Saturday, September 1, 2012, 11:23am
He was 6-of-7 in preseason games and thanks to the Saints’ explosive offense, he’ll be a fantasy kicker to target in your drafts.
Monday, August 13, 2012, 12:42pm
The Garrett Hartley vs. John Kasay kicker race for the Saints will be won during preseason games and not the practice field as both players are proven veterans, even though Kasay is much more veteran than Hartley.
They've rotated on every kick during the preseason regardless of situation. But it's ended up with Kasay seeing the vast majority of field-goal attempts so far. The lefty is 2 of 4 on field goal tries in his first two games as he made kicks from 22 and 46 yards while missing from 41 and 54 yards. Hartley connected on his only attempt with a 27-yard kick.
Even though both kickers are listed as No. 1 on the depth chart, Kasay probably will have to beat out Hartley considering age and that Hartley has four years left on his latest contract. So it's Hartley's job judging by the early numbers.
The winner of this battle will likely be a highly-coveted kicker in your league. The only problem is the Saints are too good at converting drives into TDs, but regardless, whomever wins will get a lot of chances and points.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9:25pm
And then in August, the kicker injured himself on a routine kick, an extra point that proved anything but routine.
All Kasay did for the Saints was finish with the most points he has ever had. His 34 field goals was 10th-most in the NFL and tied for third-most in his career.
The question now is what the Saints do with the position. Carrying an extra kicker isn’t out of the ordinary for New Orleans. But it is a luxury, one most teams can’t afford.
The youngster is likely the first-team kicker heading into camp. But Kasay is there nipping on his heels. If the Saints can afford the roster spot, we see both at least starting the season with the team.
Kicker by committee? Let's hope this gets situated before drafts, because any Saints kicker given the starting job will have value in this high-scoring offense.
New Orleans Saints
WR Adrian Arrington (knee), DT Tom Johnson (calf)
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CB Davon House (ankle), LB Vic So'oto (back), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
DE Mike Neal (knee)
Monday, September 5, 2011, 3:39pm
Varney on Twitter: "K Garrett Hartley hopes to be out 6-8 weeks but it could be 8-10 weeks, league source says. Hartley in considerable pain with hip flexor."
Fantasy owners should obviously steer clear of Hartley. John Kasay has value now as his replacement.
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