Titans throw Kenny Vaccaro right into the first team

AP

Safety Kenny Vaccaro had a long wait on the free agent market before landing a job with the Titans last weekend, but things have sped up considerably from there.

Vaccaro was signed after incumbent Titans starter Johnathan Cyprien tore his ACL in practice and the team didn’t waste any time in getting Vaccaro into a spot alongside Kevin Byard with the first team. Vaccaro did individual work after signing Saturday, studied the playbook on Sunday and found himself running with the ones to kick off the week.

“I thought I was going to get kind of worked in a little bit,” Vaccaro said, via the Tennessean. “But I was glad I could go out there, set the tempo. Couple times, make some plays. … To be honest, I really wasn’t looking at it like first-team or second-team at all really. I was just trying to catch my rhythm. I haven’t really practiced with a team for like six months. So to come out here and really just run around, I’m just thankful.”

Vaccaro’s quick transition to his new role and new team is set to continue on Thursday night. The Titans will face the Packers and Vaccaro is expected to see playing time as he makes up for lost time.

7 responses to “Titans throw Kenny Vaccaro right into the first team

  1. There have been many times and many plays over the last few years where Kenny just sandbags it. Prime example is the first game against Carolina last year. Cam is running down the sideline and Vaccaro is jogging a couple yards behind him and when Cam stops to make a cut Vaccaro stops with him and doesn’t make the tackle even though he is about a yard away from him, then Cam takes off again and scores while Kenny is left still jogging in the background. Just letting Titan fans know what to look forward to.

  2. Why are people acting like Vaccaro will be exactly the same player even though he is on a new team with a new coaching staff? All the issues you people are pointing out seem to be related to coaching and motivation. Nothing that a change of scenery can’t fix.

  3. Why are people acting like Vaccaro will be exactly the same player even though he is on a new team with a new coaching staff? All the issues you people are pointing out seem to be related to coaching and motivation. Nothing that a change of scenery can’t fix.

    Probably because if it happens in one game it’s an outlier, if happens in multiple games over multiple seasons it’s a pattern. Patterns don’t easily change. We will see how you feel about him at the end of the year if he even makes it there. Oh, and to give you an answer to your question was Ndamukong Suh the same player after switching teams? Yes he was the same player so no the changing of the team and coaching staff doesn’t always change the player.

  4. Straight Cash Homie says:
    August 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Probably because if it happens in one game it’s an outlier, if happens in multiple games over multiple seasons it’s a pattern. Patterns don’t easily change. We will see how you feel about him at the end of the year if he even makes it there. Oh, and to give you an answer to your question was Ndamukong Suh the same player after switching teams? Yes he was the same player so no the changing of the team and coaching staff doesn’t always change the player.
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    I didn’t say every player that ever changed teams always got better after switching teams. I didn’t even say he’d be a Pro Bowler… Obviously there is a reason he went so long without being signed. But there is also a reason he was signed to be a starter.

    I am just saying, don’t be so quick to write him off. Save your “I told you so” for after the season.

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