With training camps getting ready to start next month, three players with ties to Coweta County are getting ready to continue earning a paycheck with NFL squads.
Former Northgate standout Will Lutz has turned into one of the most consistent placekickers in the league for the New Orleans Saints.
So much so, the Saints have locked up Lutz for years to come after signing him to a five-year contract back in March.
Lutz’ journey to the NFL started when he was signed by Baltimore after he helped start the football program at Georgia State.
The Ravens cut the rookie in training camp, but he was quickly signed by the Saints in time of the 2016 season.
He has been an important part of the lineup ever since signing that NFL first contract.
During his career, the former Northgate Viking has made 87 of 100 field goals, and 148 of 153 extra points.
Lutz earned his contract extension after helping the Saints advance to the NFC championship game last season after finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record and winning the NFL South.
Former Northgate football player Brandon Facyson and Newnan graduate Tray Matthews are entering their second seasons in the NFL after stellar college careers.
Facyson was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech by the Los Angeles Chargers, while Matthews was signed as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota after playing college football at Auburn.
Matthews bounced around after being cut by Minnesota before being signed to the practice squad by Green Bay in December.
He will again return to Green Bay where he will attempt to make the active Packers’ roster.
Last Saturday, Matthews donned a Packers cap as he volunteered at New York Giant and former Newnan standout Alec Ogletree’s annual football camp.
The former Auburn Tiger said he was looking forward to football camp and earning a spot on the team’s 53 man roster.
Facyson is getting ready for his second season with the Chargers.
In limited playing time during his rookie season, Facyson had two tackles.
Both Facyson and Matthews impressed scouts during their college careers.
While at Virginia Tech Facyson overcame some injuries, including a broken leg to shine as one of the team’s top cornerbacks.
Facyson finished his career with 131 tackles, including 91 solos. He also had five interceptions, all coming in his freshman season.
Tray Matthews divided his college career between to SEC schools, starting at Georgia before transferring to Auburn for his last three seasons.
Matthews ended his career with 180 tackles, including 104 solos. He also had five interceptions, one with Georgia four at Auburn.
Lutz and the New Orlean Saints veterans will report to training camp on July 25th at the team’s training facility in Metairie, La.
Matthews will begin training camp on July 24 at the team’s preseason camp at St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, Wi.
Facyson and the Chargers will report to training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Mesa, Calf. on July 24.