The New Orleans Saints add a new kicker to their ranks
By Bob Garcia
The Saints bring in former Bears kicker Brian Johnson
According to the latest updates shared by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints have decided to open the door for kicker Brian Johnson of the Chicago Bears practice squad. The decision seems to be more than necessary after the reported injury to Cody Parkey, who ironically had been signed last week after letting Aldrick Rosas go.
During a warm-up session prior to last Sunday’s game, Parkey suffered an injury. As a result of this untimely incident, he missed two extra-point attempts in New Orleans’ 33-22 win over Washington Football Team. For the time being, Parkey will be placed on the injured reserve list.
Johnson had four seasons as the Hokie placekicker, where he was able to record 100% efficiency by completing 131 of 131 extra-point attempts, and 54 of 71 (76.1%) field goals. The 6-1, 191-pound placekicker is an undrafted free agent product out of Virginia Tech and, since coming to the NFL, has shown incredible value. According to Rapoport, Johnson should remain with the team for at least three games.
Wil Lutz, the Saints’ starting kicker, is still on the injured reserve list; however, updates on his status indicate that he could be back on the field soon. For the time being, the Saints are on a bye week before traveling to Seattle to face the Seahawks and Geno Smith at quarterback in Week 7. The Saints’ last win could be a source of motivation to continue on that path and come out on top on their trip to the Emerald City.