Saints camp day six was reserved for shorts and shells, but it was lively. Rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro was flying around out there and being aggressive. As for anyone who may not like his style of play, Vaccaro said get used to it. As Kenny tweeted... as long as his teammates, coaches and his mother approve, he'll keep on doing what he's doing. You could see the gleam in the eyes of defensive teammates Jonathan Vilma and Cam Jordan when they spoke of the rookie's first impression. Although young, Vaccaro brings the kind of ‘swagger' the Saints defense missed last season.
Here are a couple of other day 6 storylines of note.
*Rookie Ryan Griffin steps up.
The backup quarterback candidate got some extra work in with Seneca Wallace sitting out the day with a groin issue, and the former Tulane signal caller took full advantage. He threw a couple of deep balls well, and had a run of 6 straight completions. Coach Sean Payton was duly impressed.
Said Payton: "I thought he had his best practice to date. He made some really good plays. There were some things he did with protections that were really impressive as well."
*Running back Traveris Cadet: A simple philosophy.
Cadet climbed the up the rough side of the mountain to make the team as an undrafted free agent last season. He's sticking around by making himself useful. Cadet was 7th in the league last season averaging 26.5 yards per kickoff return. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. And, he understands the philosophy of team... in a unique, but effective way.
Said cadet: "It's all about being a part of those hundred pencils. You can break one pencil, but you can't break one hundred. That's unity."
*And, being careful with injuries.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton has a back problem, and the team's not rushing it. Lofton says Don't worry. He'll be back and ready well *before* the regular season against his old Atlanta team.
Lofton said: " I'm getting four treatments a day. I'll be out there soon and once week one rolls around...I haven't missed a game in my five years, and I don't plan on missing one yet."
And, on a scheduling note, Thursday's practice is now closed to the public. Friday's session is now open with practice beginning at 8:50 a.m. Saturday's Black and Gold scrimmage will take place Saturday morning in Metairie. It's, of course, open to the public with the gates opening at 8 a.m.
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