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Kenny Vaccaro | Defensive Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
College: Texas
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The Saints are expected to use a three-safety alignment often this season.
Due to injuries, the Saints often had Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper and Kenny Vaccaro on the field at the same time last season. It worked, as Rob Ryan transformed this formerly putrid unit into the league's No. 4 defense. Now Ryan has an upgrade at the position as he can roll out Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd and Rafael Bush. Champ Bailey is expected to primarily play corner, but he could see a little time at safety as well. Apr 9 - 10:52 AM

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Saints placed S Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Vaccaro broke his ankle in a pile-up against the Panthers last Sunday and underwent surgery on Tuesday. It was described as a "fairly clean break." With Vaccaro out for the playoff run, the Saints will roll with Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper at safety. Vaccaro should be ready for camp.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 06:11:00 PM

Saints FS Kenny Vaccaro is done for the season with a fractured ankle.

He'll undergo surgery on Tuesday. Coach Sean Payton called the injury a "fairly clean break," indicating Vaccaro should be ready for 2014 training camp. The 15th overall pick in April's draft, Vaccaro wound up grading out as a top-26 safety in Pro Football Focus' ratings, excelling both in run and pass defense. He finished with 79 tackles, one sack, and one pick across 14 starts. This is an injury that could haunt New Orleans during the playoffs. Vaccaro was playing both free safety and slot cornerback.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro was forced from New Orleans' Week 16 game against the Panthers with a left leg injury, and will not return.

Buried in a pile, Vaccaro's leg got bent back in ugly fashion. He was placed in an air cast before being carted off the field. FOX's Pam Oliver reports it's believed to be a broken ankle, which would obviously be a season-ending injury for the first-round pick.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 01:42:00 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) will not play in Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Vaccaro sustained his concussion when he took a knee to the helmet during the third quarter of the Week 10 win over the Cowboys. It leaves the Saints without their every-down strong safety and strong run supporter. Vaccaro has 45 tackles, one sack and one interception on the season.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 12:22:00 PM

Saints S Kenny Vaccaro is being evaluated for a concussion.

Vaccaro took a knee to the helmet in the third quarter of Sunday night's game and had to be taken to the locker room for further testing. The Saints are already playing without safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper, so any missed time would be a major concern. Vaccaro had three tackles and a pass deflection before exiting.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:09:00 PM

Saints first-round S Kenny Vaccaro is not expected to be a "starter" as a rookie.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune allows Vaccaro will still "see the field early and often this season." FS Malcolm Jenkins and SS Roman Harper will be the Saints' starting safeties, with Vaccaro entering in all nickel and dime packages to play center field and cover the slot. Vaccaro's IDP value is adversely affected because it appears he will not be a staple on obvious running downs.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 08:05:00 PM

The Saints have been using first-round S Kenny Vaccaro and FS Malcolm Jenkins as their primary nickel cornerbacks in training camp.

After using the No. 15 pick on Vaccaro, GM Mickey Loomis hinted the team would consider using Jenkins, a college corner, at nickel back on passing downs. Vaccaro also has a ton of slot experience from his days at Texas. The Saints want Vaccaro, Jenkins, and SS Roman Harper on the field at the same time as much as possible.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Saints agreed to terms with No. 15 overall pick S Kenny Vaccaro on a four-year contract.

Vaccaro is the first 2013 first-round pick to sign his deal. The consensus No. 1 safety in the class, Vaccaro is a rangy and versatile free safety who is capable of playing deep or covering the slot. His addition to the Saints is expected to push incumbent FS Malcolm Jenkins to nickel back.
Thu, May 9, 2013 08:49:00 PM

GM Mickey Loomis said the Saints will consider moving FS Malcolm Jenkins to nickel back on passing downs in an effort to get first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro on the field.

This suggests the Saints are indeed planning to keep both Jenkins and Roman Harper. It's also possible the scenario could be reversed, with Vaccaro manning the slot on passing downs. The Saints didn't take Vaccaro at No. 15 overall with a limited role in mind. He'll play major snaps for a defense that was one of the worst in league history last season.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 07:05:00 PM

Saints selected Texas S Kenny Vaccaro with the No. 15 overall pick.

Vaccaro (6-foot, 214) was a 32-game starter for the Longhorns, leading the team in tackles (107) as a senior and finishing his career with five interceptions to go with four forced fumbles. Despite average long speed (4.63), Vaccaro displays outstanding range and man-coverage skills on tape, in addition to aggressiveness in run support. He jumped 38" vertically at the Combine and showed splendid short-area movement with a 6.78 three-cone drill. Vaccaro has an NFL-ready skill set because he can cover one-on-one and guard the deep half as a single-high safety. The Texas products' specialty is lining up against mismatch targets, whether it be quick slot receivers or larger tight ends. That will certainly help in a division which features Tony Gonzalez and Greg Olsen.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:59:00 PM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals' "perfect scenario" would have Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro slipping to them at No. 21.

The Bengals have a glaring need at safety. Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles are backups and aging veteran Chris Crocker remains a free agent. However, there's almost no way Vaccaro gets to No. 21. The Saints at No. 15, the Rams at 16 and the Cowboys at 18 all have needs at safety. The Bengals may have to settle for Florida's Matt Elam or FIU's Jonathan Cyprien.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:27:00 AM

NFL.com's Jeff Darlington doesn't expect Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro to get past the Rams at No. 16.

Vaccaro is the apple of safety-needed Dallas' eye, but it doesn't look like there's any way he'll slip by both the Saints at 15 and St. Louis. Owner Jerry Jones isn't shy about trading up to get his man, but is short on ammo, and has many other needs. Vaccaro is going to hold a lot of sway over picks 10-20.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 01:33:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Saints could target Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15.

Vaccaro has been heavily mocked to the Rams at No. 16 and Cowboys at No. 18, but it appears they may have to trade up if they're serious about landing the draft's top safety. The Saints could simply be trying to create interest in the No. 15 pick, but have a need at the back-end of their defense. Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins are both coming off abysmal seasons.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:20:00 PM

At least one NFL scout believes the Rams "have" to take Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro with the No. 16 pick.

Yahoo Sports reported St. Louis would draft a wide receiver at 16, but safety is arguably a bigger need. The scout believes in-house SS Darian Stewart can replace outgoing Quintin Mikell, but the Rams don't have a free safety. "I think they have to take him," said the scout of Vaccaro. "I’d take Vaccaro. I think he’s probably not as good as Earl Thomas, but he’s up there. He’s a legitimate guy."
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:05:00 AM

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