Irish kicker Charlie Smyth to work out for the Saints

The NFL’s International Pathway Program might be coming to New Orleans. The Saints will work out Irish kicker Charlie Smyth later this week, per NFL Ireland’s Michael McQuaid. Smyth, 22, is a native of Mayobridge in Northern Ireland where he’s played Gaelic football as a goalkeeper.

Smyth tried out at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and made 12 of his 16 field goal tries. He also participated at South Florida’s pro day with other international prospects, where he impressed by going 8-for-10 with his longest kick hitting from 60 yards. Now he’ll have an opportunity to show the Saints what he can do at a private workout.

He could be good competition for Blake Grupe. The rookie wasn’t good enough last season while going 28-for-353 with misses from 29, 29, 46, 47, 51, 52, and 54 yards. The Saints need to bring in some competition for Grupe, and Smyth might be an attractive option. The Irishman is expected to sign with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent, and the Saints can lay the groundwork for recruiting him at meetings like this upcoming private workout.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire