With OTAs wrapping up soon for the New Orleans Saints there are plenty of news bits to discuss, especially when it comes to rookies like Kenny Vaccaro.
Today we’ll talk about him, a surprise in camp, left tackle Charles Brown’s health and more.
Let’s take a look.
Per NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan:
Wide receiver Saalim Hakim might be the longest shot on the Saints’ 89-man roster. He is without question the only player that never started a down at any level of organized football — high school, junior college and college — before arriving in the league.
Yet, there he was Thursday, hauling in a strike from backup quarterback Luke McCown and racing through the Saints’ secondary like a deer through piney woods.
Per NOLA.com’s Nakia Hogan:
After a rather low-key start in the offseason workouts, Vaccaro, the Saints’ rookie first-round draft pick, seems to be making steady improvement and coming on strong in recent workouts.
The Saints’ coaching staff has praised Vaccaro’s progress in learning the system. And Vaccaro finally got to show off his quick development this week during the Saints’ three-day minicamp that was opened to the media and fans.
Per NOLA.com’s Mike Triplett:
Running backs always look impressive at this point in the offseason, when teams are practicing with no pads and no live tackling. But I think the New Orleans Saints’ backs have looked especially good over the past few weeks.
None of them are dealing with any injury issues. Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram both look a bit leaner than usual. (But maybe that’s just because they aren’t wearing pads and they’ve both been practicing with their sleeves rolled up, showing off the “guns.”)
Thomas, Ingram, Darren Sproles and Travaris Cadet have all looked lean, fast, fluid and — as Coach Sean Payton would say, “sudden.”
Per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas:
Charles Brown, who has had injury problems throughout his career, said he’s completely healthy. Brown worked at left tackle with the first team in this week’s minicamp, and that means he’ll probably open training camp as the starter. Jason Smith and rookie Terron Armstead also are candidates to start at the position. But Brown seems to have the early lead, and can keep it if he stays healthy.