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Saints kicker Shayne Graham no stranger to this area

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 With the black and gold scrimmage Saturday morning, the team hit the fields Friday morning in hopes what they practice today will translate well into Saturday's game-like situation.

With 7 days of practice under their belts it's time for Saints to show what they've learned so far in camp.

"You know, it's one of those things where you get excited but I've been doing it for a while so it's still practice," said linebacker Parys Haralson.

The players are ready to set aside drills and get on the field with a more competitive atmosphere, with NFL referees and all.

Running back Mark Ingram said, "get a feel what its like to actually go live and to be taken to the ground, defensive players to go live and be taken to the ground."  

While this area is new to many Saints, kicker Shayne Graham grew up about 2 hours away from the Greenbrier in Radford, Virginia and went to Virginia Tech.

The kicker explained his arrival to the resort, "you know it was nice, a lot of the people that work here are Virginia Tech alumni and knew me by my name and face.  It's kind of cool to have that familiarity and I've known the reputation here for years."

Graham's former coach, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and current coach Sean Payton both agree on one thing, his consistency.

Beamer said, "the ball flight was always the same, if he ever missed it wasn't going to be by much, it was always going to be close and that's what it takes to be a good kicker."

"Statistically, his numbers over the course of a career has been really good," Payton added, "and in the brief time we've had him, he's been very consistent."

Graham along with the rest of the team will return to the fields Saturday morning for the Black and Gold scrimmage.  The scrimmage is open to the public, for more information on transportation, visit

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