Cuts are hard. Plain and simple. Cuts are harder when both players that are competing have performed at a high level. So it goes for Saints' prospective kickers Zach Hocker and Dustin Hopkins. The Saints, of course, only want to carry one kicker to replace Shayne Graham, but they have to choose between the two. Their stats in the preseason are as follows:
While Hopkins got significantly more reps, Hocker showed more range in his limited attempts. Despite missing a 50 yarder, Hocker got no extra point attempts and far less kickoff attempts. It's been said that Hopkins can hit 60+ yarders in practice, but that's irrelevant if he can't translate that into a game situation. It appeared that Hopkins was the favorite coming into preseason, but Hocker made a strong case for himself in his limited time on the field.