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Saints Audition Punters and Kickers

    <span>The New Orleans Saints held tryouts this afternoon for punters and kickers at their Metairie practice facility off of Airline Drive.  

The team brought in four punters and three kickers to audition for the vacant roster spots created after punter Ben Graham and kicker Taylor Mehlhaff were waived on Tuesday.

The punters that were in attendance were Glenn Pakulak, Scott Player, Josh Miller and Waylon Prather, while the kickers included Dave Rayner, Garrett Hartley and A.J. Hagland.

Glenn Pakulak, 28, was most recently with the Oakland Raiders this preseason, averaging 45 yards per punt. The product of the University of Kentucky originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2003 and has also spent time during his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears.

Scott Player, 38, is a Florida State product that has played for the New York Giants, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots during his career. He was a Pro Bowl alternate with the Cardinals in 1999 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2000. Player is currently in his 11th season as an NFL player.

Punter Josh Miller, 38, is a veteran of 13 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, New England and Tennessee, averaging 43.1 yards per kick over his career.

Waylon Prather, is a rookie free agent out of San Jose State who signed with the Saints following the 2008 NFL Draft. He split the punting chores with Steve Weatherford during training camp this summer and averaged 53.0 yards per punt on three attempts during preseason action. He has also spent time on the New York Jets' practice squad this season.

Dave Rayner, 26, most recently was with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he converted one field goal and three extra points in two games as Shayne Graham's replacement due to an injury. He has also kicked for Kansas City, Green Bay, Indianapolis and San Diego, where he has made 42-of 49 field goal attempts throughout his career.

Garrett Hartley, 22, is a rookie out of Oklahoma. He originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May of 2008 before being released prior to the start of training camp.

A.J. Haglund, 25, was the Arena Football League's Kicker of the Year in 2008. He made 21-of-25 field goal attempts and 116 of 124 extra-point attempts for the San Jose SaberCats.

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