Shayne Graham on Saints signing another kicker: 'All I can do is perform my best, try to protect myself and win the job as best as possible' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham (3) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown (7) react after Graham missed a field goal during the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Carolina won 41-10.

Graham showed up in bright orange knickers, a maroon Virginia Tech polo shirt and maroon argyle socks, all part of the kicker having a little fun with the annual golf tournament.

But Graham acknowledged that he’s heard the Saints signed kicker Zach Hocker after a rookie minicamp, adding another leg to the competition between the 17-year veteran and Dustin Hopkins.

“I heard this morning,” Graham said. “Whatever that is, I have no control over that. All I can do is take care of myself. All those decisions are upstairs, they’re not mine to make.”

Graham says he’s not surprised by the number of kickers on the roster.

After kicking for 10 teams in his NFL career, Graham is used to open competitions, extra legs and anything else the offseason might present.

“I’ve been in every scenario you can imagine,” Graham said. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me.”

Graham made 19-of-22 kicks during the 2014 season, punching them through at 86.4 percent, but the Saints worked out four kickers in December. New Orleans liked Hocker enough that the Saints brought him back, along with two other kickers, for a tryout during rookie minicamp and signed him on Sunday.

“All I can do is perform my best, try to protect myself and win the job as best as possible,” Graham said.