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Kenny Vaccaro getting physical at Saints camp

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There’s a pecking order to NFL teams that puts rookies below veterans and well below veteran stars and rookies are usually expected to show deference to those ahead of them on the chain.

Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro didn’t show much deference to tight end Jimmy Graham on Tuesday, though. There was a brief scrap between the two at practice on Tuesday after the two men jostled for a pass and Vaccaro “flicked” the ball into the back of Graham’s head. Cooler heads wound up prevailing as they did when Vacarro put a lick on running back Pierre Thomas and no one on the Saints seems to want to see Vaccaro tone things down.

Safety Roman Harper calls Vaccaro’s aggressive nature “perfect” and coach Sean Payton said that the team doesn’t really want such things during an unpadded practice, although he used words like “necessarily” as hedges that suggest that he didn’t mind seeing Vaccaro fly around the practice field. Vaccaro said that his teammates are telling him to keep it up, which the rookie said won’t be difficult.

“That’s just the way I am,” Vaccaro said, via the Saints website. “I have a physical nature. If anything, you have to slow me down before you speed me up. I approach every practice like that and I’m not going to stop until somebody says, ‘Hey, relax, take care of yourself.’ I think every team needs a guy that’s going to be like that, a little craziness, a little edge to him. You’ve got to be smart. There’s a lot of guys that we’re going to need in the upcoming season. But it’s still early in the training camp and I want to establish my physical presence early on.”

The Saints defense had no presence, physical or otherwise, in 2012 which makes it easy to understand both why they drafted Vaccaro and why they aren’t working too hard to reel him in during practice.

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22 Responses to “Kenny Vaccaro getting physical at Saints camp”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    Wait till he gets some bounty money!!! Unstoppable!!!

  2. noring4youstill says: Jul 31, 2013 11:26 AM

    Que envelopes of money posts and Viking crying.

  3. lyncht08 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:34 AM

    Bounty jokes are getting old….

    Anyway, for a safety known for speed and having the ability to cover the slot, hearing that he is playing so physical early on is pretty impressive

  4. dc49er says: Jul 31, 2013 11:58 AM

    Anyone notice how similar looking him and Kaepernick are?

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    Nobody’s trying to reel him in til he causes a big star to miss a few weeks. That’ll change everybody’s tune.

  6. smalltownqb says: Jul 31, 2013 12:09 PM

    Saints defense has no identity. It needs a leader.

  7. kingpin512 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:09 PM

    HOOK EM!

  8. kingpin512 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    #DBU!

  9. thegronk87 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:17 PM

    Greg williams would have been pleased that vaccoro is doing this as part of his job.

  10. Ridley Me This says: Jul 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Bounty jokes are getting old? No sympathy from this Patriots fan.

  11. beckzhere says: Jul 31, 2013 12:26 PM

    He’s the only person on the Saints defense that I’m concerned about facing. That said he’s a rookie and will get taken advantage of routinely.

  12. stealthscorpio says: Jul 31, 2013 12:29 PM

    He beat up enough civilians in Austin…can’t believe he would be a first round pick post Hernandez…check it out…and that’s the stuff that didn’t come out…

  13. 737driver69 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:30 PM

    DEFENSE need to rise up and follow Vacarro’s physicality & intensity…

  14. realdealsteel says: Jul 31, 2013 12:31 PM

    I’m not a Saints fan by any strecth of the imagination…

    But this is what you want from a player. This is a FOOTBALL! Not underwater basket weaving.

    A safety’s job is to intimidate and protect. If he’s too physical for someone, go the other way.

  15. spankymcwanky says: Jul 31, 2013 12:39 PM

    Ridley Me This says: Jul 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Bounty jokes are getting old? No sympathy from this Patriots fan.
    ______________
    LOL, are you forgetting the difference in treatment by the commish towards both teams? Goodell didn’t burn the evidence for the Saints. For the Patriots fiasco Goodell didn’t hire an attorney that said, “I know Hargrove said it because I saw his lips moving” when you don’t even see who said the phrase. For the Patriots Goodell didn’t just disregard the other teams where former players said they had pay for performance programs and then did nothing. For the Patriots the NFL didn’t bring the hammer down and then not show film evidence to the Saints wrongdoing, but then when it came to the Giants players saying they targeted a 49er player that there was no wrongdoing because nothing was seen on the film. What? Goodell and the NFL had an agenda in how they treated both instances. Goodell sucked on the teet of Robert Kraft and said “Please sir, may I have more?”

  16. spankymcwanky says: Jul 31, 2013 12:41 PM

    stealthscorpio says: Jul 31, 2013 12:29 PM

    He beat up enough civilians in Austin…can’t believe he would be a first round pick post Hernandez…check it out…and that’s the stuff that didn’t come out…
    ______
    What? Post Hernandez? Did you forget that the draft was held before the Hernandez alleged murder took place? Great observation skills. LOL

  17. ccjcsr says: Jul 31, 2013 12:45 PM

    Aggressive is Rob Ryans defense means getting burnt all day!

    #overrated

  18. nirvana504 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:53 PM

    The great thing about the bounty jokes is that I don’t have to read them…but I am glad you’re still thinking about us. Who Dat

  19. kane337 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:18 PM

    He will be getting toasted by Atlanta’s WR’s, TE’s, and RB’s

  20. doubleogator says: Jul 31, 2013 4:10 PM

    Bounty joke people won’t be making jokes at the end of the season….

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 31, 2013 4:38 PM

    Really wanted to see the Cowboys draft Vaccaro but he went off the board quickly. I think he will be a good one.

  22. seenoland54 says: Aug 4, 2013 10:21 PM

    Is this guy in for surprise when he “flicks” the ball at Julio Jones he’ll be picking his head up from the upper deck. Quick cure for that attitude.

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