NEW ORLEANS – The battle for the starting place kicker job on the New Orleans Saints did not get much clarity following the team’s second preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday night.
While Wilmington native Connor Barth did not attempt a kick in the Saints’ preseason opener against the New England Patriots last week, he connected on a 33-yard field goal to cap a 14-play, 60 yard drive with 6:09 to play in the third quarter on Saturday in a 16-9 loss to the Texans.
Kai Forbath missed badly on his only field goal attempt against New England, a 50-yarder, but rebounded in the second preseason game with a pair of successful attempts from 37 yards and 27 yards during the fourth quarter.
The New Orleans Saints signed Barth following the club’s rookie mini-camp, which he participated in on a tryout basis to compete for kicking duties alongside Forbath. The veteran place kickers are said to be competing neck and neck for the job with the decision still to be decided.