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After Further Review: Vaccaro in the spotlight, Griffin shines


Saints first round pick Kenny Vaccaro has the potential to be a SPECIAL player for this team. To me, he's been the breakout player of training camp. He's aggressive, physical and versatile.

Wednesday though it appeared his teammates were getting a little ticked off at him going overboard with that aggression. On one play, he threw Chris Givens down after the play was over. Later in the same drill, he grabbed Saalim Hakim by the facemask and brought him down to the ground. Hakim was understandably upset.

Both plays forced secondary coach Wesley McGriff to get in his face. I have no idea what was said but judging by body language, both were pretty intense before calming down.

Vaccaro took to twitter to defend his style of play. Fair enough. In fact, I think his attitude is EXACTLY what this defense needs.

But he also has to remember these are still his teammates.

Let's also remember what he's been able to accomplish in a very short period of time. Six practices in, he's essentially the first team nickel cornerback and doing a lot of different things. That's impressive.

Plus, once he makes he first big hit on the field, all of this will be forgotten.

Play of the Day

Quarterback Ryan Griffin had his best practice as pro. Griffin was poised, accurate and most off all comfortable all day.

He also got the benefit of back-to-back busted coverages when he hit Saalim Hakim and Chris Givens for 60+ yard touchdowns. Both passes were perfectly thrown, but to be fair, no one was within ten yards of either receiver.

Other Observations:

-         Rookie Terron Armstead was with the second team at left tackle. Jason Smith was with the third team.

-         Luke McCown struggled Wednesday. During team drills he went 0-4 on his passes.

-         Wide receiver Andy Tanner has shown he can be feisty as well. For the second straight day, he was involved in a skirmish. This time Tanner mixed it up with Dion Turner.

-         While the two throws described above were sexier, Griffin's best pass may have been on a deep out route to Nick Toon where he anticipated the throw and put the ball up before Toon made his break and hit him right in stride.

-         Griffin got a little too confident on one throw when he tried to fit a ball in and was picked off by Akwasi Owusu Ansah.

-         Seneca Wallace missed today's practice with a groin injury, wide receiver Jarred Fayson returned to the field. Everyone else on the injury report was the same as Tuesday (Colston, Robinson, Johnson and Lofton all out).

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