As the team's official website noted, the pressure was on even before Lutz lined up for his first kick as a Saint. When the coach (Sean Payton) calls your workout the best he ever has seen by a kicker, then releases the kicker (Kai Forbath) who had won the job during a prolonged battle that included off-season workouts, OTAs and training camp so that the team can sign you, then nothing less than excellence is expected. But Lutz and the kicking team were off-center in the beginning. The rookie only made 15 of his first 21 kicks, and times were trying. Two field-goal attempts were blocked (one was returned for a touchdown, the other set up a touchdown) and Lutz had a point-after attempt blocked and returned for a defensive two-point conversion, the deciding points in Denver's 25-23 victory over the Saints. But the Saints hired Kevin O'Dea as a special teams consultant to help smooth out the snap-hold-kick mechanics and to address the blocking assignments on kicks. For his part, Lutz finished with a flourish, making his final 13 field-goal attempts in 2016 to finish the season 28-for-34. Hard to ignore the upside, especially playing with the Saints' offense.