Saints take a look at kickers with Hartley struggling
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Nov 13, 2013
"It's part of the deal," Hartley said. "I understand it. Payton tried to deflect speculation Wednesday that Hartley's job is on the line, saying he holds a "ton of confidence in his ability," going back to the 2009 Super Bowl season in which Hartley made the winning kick in overtime of the NFC championship game, and it continues in 2013 despite Hartley's recent hiccups. The Saints worked out five kickers Tuesday as Hartley sits mired in a slump in which he has missed four of his past six field-goal attempts, most recently a 37-yarder in Sunday night's 49-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Hartley, a six-year veteran, is most known for his performance in the 2009 playoffs where he hit the game-winning field goal in overtime to beat Minnesota in the NFC championship game and three field goals in Super Bowl XLIV. The New Orleans Saints worked out a group of kickers Tuesday including Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke, according to ESPN. Apparently, the Saints are worried about scoring enough points. The six-year veteran made three field goals in each win over Atlanta and Tampa Bay, including a 44-yarder as time expired to beat the Buccaneers. He also was 4-of-4 vs. Chicago.
METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley admitted Wednesday, “I know that my career has been a roller-coaster ride.” However, he insisted that he is not going through a “slump” and isn't dealing with any confidence issues after missing …