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Saints News, 12/11/14: Despite Working Out Kickers, Saints Appear To Be Staying With Shayne Graham

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From Ramon Vargas at The Advocate: Despite working out at least three kickers three days after Shayne Graham missed a field goal, it did not appear Wednesday afternoon that the Saints had any immediate plans to make a switch at the position, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation. The news isn’t exactly surprising. Although the Wednesday tryout players — former Saints Super Bowl hero Garrett Hartley, rookie free-agent Zach Hocker, and preseason New Orleans kicker Derek Dimke — all have their upside, Graham this season is 18-of-20 booting field goals for the Saints (5-8). Graham is seventh in the NFL with his field-goal percentage of 90.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> receiver Joe Morgan thanks New Orleans <a href="http://t.co/J3bPYdUe7C">http://t.co/J3bPYdUe7C</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/542915400892035072">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Uh ... "<a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncan_">@JeffDuncan_</a>: Where&#39;s Waldo (or Sean Payton)...&#10;RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Jmiles562000">@Jmiles562000</a>: Lol Hey Sean! <a href="https://twitter.com/Gkatt_17">@Gkatt_17</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanTNR">@BryanTNR</a> <a href="http://t.co/y9wjOjeejX">pic.twitter.com/y9wjOjeejX</a>"</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542880267451781120">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>P.S. Sean Payton is allowed to visit his kids in Dallas and go to a Mavs game on an off day. Settle down peeps.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/542895931742756864">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I had a lotta fun <a href="https://twitter.com/Mortons">@Mortons</a> for the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> Celebrity Server Event on Monday..hopefully all who attended enjoyed it as much as I did! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDat?src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/542865853898063872">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Via emailed statement, ex-<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> WR Joe Morgan says &#39;my tenure with New Orleans was filled with many positive memories&#39; (1/2)</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/542854719837052928">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>(2/2) Joe Morgan says he also had experiences with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> that helped him &#39;mature both as man and as a professional.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/542855051057057793">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More Joe Morgan: &#39;I truly value the relationships that were cultivated during my time here, and NOLA will always have a place in my heart.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/542855393622638593">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> WR Joe Morgan: &#39;This city is so unique and it has the most loyal fans in the NFL.&#39;</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/542855500489314305">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> WR Joe Morgan still intends to host his toy drive at Lakeside Mall as planned on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/542855740600627200">December 11, 2014</a></blockquote>

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