METAIRIE, LA (AP) - John Carney says he didn't return to the New Orleans Saints to take anyone's job.
The 46-year-old kicker says he'll be ready to play on Sundays if needed, but says he also sees his role as a mentor to third-year kicker Garrett Hartley.
Carney signed a contract with New Orleans on Tuesday and attended the first practice of his 23rd season on Wednesday, just days after Hartley missed a short-range overtime field goal try in the Saints' 27-24 loss to Atlanta.
Carney says Hartley proved during last season's playoffs that he's an extraordinary young kicker with a bright future.
Carney is also working on technique with Thomas Morstead, who handles punts, kickoffs and holds on field goals.
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