Saints rookies set to take part in first practices

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The time has arrived for the New Orleans Saints' five draft choice, 13 rookie free-agent acquisitions and other players invited for tryouts to gather at club headquarters.

The Saints set Thursday as the day for players to check in for five rookie camp practices running Friday through Sunday. New Orleans' draft-class is headlined by first-round choice Kenny Vaccaro, a safety out Texas who aims to demonstrate that he is versatile enough to play multiple roles on defense.

At practice, he's bound to defend a familiar foe in former Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills, a fifth-round pick. The other draft choices are Arkansas-Pine Bluff left tackle Terron Armstead, Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins and Tarleton State defensive end Rufus Johnson.

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