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Graham: Lewis' comment "has no effect on what I do now"

When the Ravens signed Shayne Graham on June 3, his former coach said that the free agent kicker was haunted by "demons of the last kicks."

Specifically, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was referring to Graham's unsuccessful field-goal attempts from 35 and 28 yards in an AFC playoff loss to the New York Jets last season.

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Lewis told Cincinnati reporters, "He had an opportunity to come back here and regain what he had here. Unfortunately he has the demons of the last kicks here when he didn't make them. He's got to overcome those demons and whether he could come back to this locker room and overcome them. That's what the fans remember around here is the kicks that he missed. I wish him good luck."

A little later, Lewis added: "The guy who got Shayne going was his coach [Darrin Simmons] and he had an opportunity to say, 'Hey look coach I want to get this done and be a part of the team here.' And I don't think that's what he wanted to do. It worked out the way he wanted it to work out."

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On Tuesday, Graham had a chance to respond, but he took the high road.

"There's really not much that I can say to that besides the fact that that really has no effect on what I do now," he said. "The reality of it is, I'm in Baltimore now. In Cincinnati, he gave me a great opportunity. I loved it there. I had a great relationship with the players and coaches there. I wish the best to them, and now I'm here and looking to win the job and win games here. That's going to include trips to Cincinnati. As far as I'm concerned, that place was home to me for a long time, and it's not anymore. So you move on."

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