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Kenny Vaccaro, Jimmy Graham Scuffle at Saints Training Camp


Jul 29, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during a morning training camp practice at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

You have to give it to New Orleans Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro—he’s afraid of no one and willing to get into it with even the most veteran and high-profile guys on the Saints roster.

Tuesday at Saints training camp Vaccaro allegedly got into a scuffle with tight end Jimmy Graham during drills. It was football at it’s most basic—a defender attempting to rip the ball away from a receiver and the two continuing to go at it for a bit after the whistle.

Still, that did not stop the media present from asking a few questions. One reporter even asked if the coaching staff asked him to turn it down a notch—which of course they did not.

You can see the video here courtesy of Mike Triplett over at

The Saints need a sense of identity on defense. A rookie willing to go at it with one of the critical pieces of the offense in an early training camp drill is something the unit has needed for a while.

Credit Vaccaro here for making his mark on the team already. Sure, it’s early, but we’re not hearing much of this type of thing so far. Vaccaro is showing the early traits that suggest he’s on his way to becoming a vocal leader of the defense if anything.

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