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With Shockey still out against Seattle, Graham was one of the leading receivers with five catches for 72 yards, including a difficult fingertip grab of a ball by his knees as he was sprinting across the middle.

“He’s one of those guys that I’m talking about, one of these young guys that obviously wasn’t here last year but is fitting in well,” Brees said. “Shockey goes down and he has to step up and plays a pretty key role and he’s just a great addition. … Opportunities should be coming to that guy.”

Notes: Reserve linebacker Stanley Arnoux has been placed on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. … Thomas and Betts (sprained neck, concussion) both missed practice on Tuesday.