Aug 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) reacts during first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
3. Kenny Vaccaro’s rookie season was not a fluke
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro played so poorly a year ago that he was benched toward the end of the season. Both coaches and fans were praying that 2014 was just a sophomore slump and that his exceptional rookie campaign in 2013 wasn’t a fluke.
Vaccaro is proving the slump theory to be true. While he’s not yet playing at the elite level he’s capable of reaching, Vaccaro is having himself a nice little third year.
He registered five tackles against the Colts Sunday, allowed only two catches his way, and added his first sack of the season, assisting in efforts to turn this once struggling Saints’ defense into a feared unit. Vaccaro had his best game of the season in Indy, and he, along with the rest of the defense seems to be getting better and better each week.
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