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2021 New Orleans Saints roster breakdown: Specialists

Saints have competition for starting punter

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Take a deep dive into the New Orleans Saints roster ahead of training camp with a player-by-player breakdown at each position. The public portion of the 2021 Training Camp presented by SeatGeek kicks off on Friday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m., the first of seven practices scheduled to be open to the public.

2021 New Orleans Saints roster: Specialists

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Deonte Harris - Return specialist
Harris enters his third season with the Saints

Wide receiver/return specialist Deonte Harris finished the 2020 regular season with 20 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown while adding six carries for 51 yards. In the return game, the All-Pro return specialist fielded 17 punts for 207 yards (12.2 avg.) and 16 kickoffs totaling 436 yards with a long of 75 yards.

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Wil Lutz
Lutz enters his sixth season in New Orleans

In his fifth season with the Saints, kicker Wil Lutz remained consistent hitting a career-high 57 of 58 extra points (a career-high 98.3 percent). Lutz converted 23 of 28 field-goal attempts, two of them being game-winners in Week 5 vs. the Chargers and Week 9 against the Bears in the Windy City. When lining up from 30-39 yards, Lutz was a perfect 10 for 10.

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Nolan Cooney - Punter
Cooney enters his first season with the Saints

After serving as a holder in 2018 and 2019 for Syracuse University, Nolan Cooney earned Pro Football Focus honorable mention All-America and third-team All-ACC honors in his first year as the team's punter in 2020, when he punted in 11 games with 74 attempts for a 44.8-yard average.

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Blake Gillikin - Punter
Gillikin enters his second season with the Saints

Punter Blake Gillikin spent the 2020 season on injured reserve. Gillikin will look to compete for the starting job throughout training camp. At Penn State he averaged 42.2 yards per punt as he was selected All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference coaches and media and a CoSIDA Academic All-American first team for the second consecutive year in 2019.

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Zach Wood - Long snapper
Wood enters his fifth season with the Saints

Long snapper Zach Wood snapped for all punts and place kicks in all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests in 2020 and has provided consistency since his arrival.

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