Taking over as Saints' kicker

The Saints signed Johnson off the Bears' practice squad Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Because he was poached from another organization's practice squad, Johnson must remain on the Saints' active roster for at least three games. With that in mind, New Orleans -- which is on bye Week 6 -- presumably plans on having Johnson serve as its kicker through at least the Week 9 game against the Falcons. Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, played for the Bears during the preseason and knocked down both of his field-goal attempts, including one from 54 yards. He could end up holding down the Saints' kicking job until the team is confident top option Wil Lutz is ready to return from injured reserve after having been sidelined all season while recovering from core-muscle surgery. Cody Parkey, who will be placed on IR on Tuesday, could also be an option to kick for the Saints later in the season if he returns before Lutz and if Johnson doesn't impress.

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