METAIRIE, La. (AP) -Olindo Mare hit a number of field goals from various distances at Thursday's practice, giving New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton enough confidence to keep Mare active this Sunday night in Seattle.
``Mare looked a lot better, looked sharp, did a good job,'' Payton said.
Mare, who hurt his right groin practicing an onside kick a little over a week ago, made only two of four field goal attempts during the Saints 16-13 loss to Carolina last Sunday.
During the loss, Mare kicked a 20-yard chip shot low and it was easily blocked by Julius Peppers. He also pulled a 54-yard attempt wide left.
Mare sat out Wednesday's practice, and the Saints worked out seven kickers this week, including veterans Mike Vanderjagt and Martin Gramatica.
Most of Thursday's practice was closed to reporters, but Mare made a handful of field goal tries, one from as long at 42 yards, before the media was escorted out.
``I don't know if he's 100 percent, but he's noticeably better,'' Payton said. ``He felt better and looked better. We'll see in regards to the kickoff.''
Punter Steve Weatherford handled kickoffs last weekend. The Saints did not give up any long returns, although a couple of the kicks were line drives that came a little too close to the sideline for Payton's comfort.
``He had some kicks the other game that were what we wanted and a few that he was fortunate they didn't go out of bounds, so he needs to improve,'' Payton said. ``So I'd be more comfortable if our normal kickoff guy was kicking, but he'll have to fill in if that's what we need, and I'm sure he'll do a better job.''

Recent NFL Discussions

Betting the 2017 NFL Draft on Mon, Apr 2017 by Blade
2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Alabama NFL Draft Odds The Alabama Crimson Tide could have a lot of players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft next week. How many...
Thumbnail Odds Theory & Fantasy: Perfect Combo In America alone over 110 million people settled down to watch February’s Super Bowl and were rewarded by a game which saw many twists and turns along the way. Of...
Thumbnail Romo moving to CBS After a lot of discussion about where Tony Romo will be next season, it appears that he will be behind a broadcast booth.
Thumbnail Patriots remain SB52 Favorites With NFL free agency slowing down dramatically over the past week, here's a look at the most recent Super Bowl 52 odds to win.
Thumbnail The Next Atlanta Falcons Despite suffering one of the greatest collapses in sports history at Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons still managed to overcome significant odds to reach the NFL’s...

NFL Team Pages