Saints turn to rookie kicker

October, 8, 2008
10/08/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

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The season ended for New Orleans kicker Martin Gramatica with a missed field-goal attempt in Monday night's loss to Minnesota. The Saints placed Gramatica on the injured reserve list Wednesday, citing a groin problem.

They followed that by bringing back a familiar face who was cut just before the season started. Rookie kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, who the Saints drafted in the sixth round, was re-signed. Gramatica and Mehlhaff were in a tight competition throughout the preseason, but the Saints said they went with Gramatica because he had been so accurate.

That didn't continue into the regular season and Gramatica was taking a lot of blame for missing kicks. Mehlhaff is known for having a strong leg.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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