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Report: Saints work out two kickers in Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) attempts an extra point out of the hold of Mike Scifres (5) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) attempts an extra point out of the hold of Mike Scifres (5) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While the New Orleans Saints named Zach Hocker as their new starting place kicker, it seems that head coach Sean Payton is making sure he's prepared in case things don't work out.

According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, the Saints are bringing in two veteran kickers in Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis on Tuesday. He also mentioned that there could be "possible others" coming in to work out as well.

Obviously Hocker earned the job at this point, but the fact is simple, Payton and the Saints are willing to lose close games due to kicking woes. If Hocker can make a strong statement in Week 1 and just go out and do his job, there's no reason to believe that the Saints will make an early change right after handing him the job.

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