Dustin Hopkins, PK, Saints
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2015 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jun-29-2015 by Shawn Childs
A groin injury in 2013 led to the Bills adding Dan Carpenter and ultimately stealing Dustin's possible starting opportunity after he was selected in the sixth round that year. Out of respect, Buffalo gave him a chance to win the job last summer, but he couldn't match the veteran leg of Carpenter. The Saints have brought him in to compete with Zach Hocker for the starting job. Hocker was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2014. In his four seasons at Florida State, Hopkins made 88 of his 112 field goal chances (78.6 percent success rate). In comparison, Hocker made 61 of his 79 kicks (77.2 percent) over four years with Arkansas. In 2014, New Orleans scored 49 TDs and only 19 FGs on its 176 possessions. The Saints attempted only 22 field goals. I expect Hopkins to have the inside track, but it wouldn't surprise me to see New Orleans bring in a veteran leg. This offense still has plenty of firepower, but the loss of Graham and Stills may lead to more field goal attempts than expected.
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