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Kenny Vaccaro | Defensive Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
College: Texas
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Saints S Kenny Vaccaro is a healthy scratch for Week 17.
Vaccaro wasn't on the injury report, so he's a healthy scratch for the Saints' meaningless finale. It's been quite a fall for Vaccaro after he was one of the league's best rookies in 2013. Also inactive for the Saints are WR Seantavius Jones, WR Brandon Coleman, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, LB Moises Fokou, LB Jerry Franklin and LT Terron Armstead (neck). Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:44:00 AM

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Speaking Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton denied that SS Kenny Vaccaro has been benched.

Payton called Ian Rapoport's report "very inaccurate." Payton declined to specify Vaccaro's exact Week 15 role, only saying he would play "a ton." The proof, of course, will be in the pudding. The Saints don't have the depth to banish Vaccaro to a zero-snap role, but he's highly unlikely to keep the every-down role he's been failing in.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:05:00 PM

The Saints have benched second-year SS Kenny Vaccaro.

It's the latest shoe to drop in New Orleans. The Saints promised changes after Carolina blew New Orleans' doors off in Week 14 at the Superdome. But Vaccaro has certainly earned the benching. He's Pro Football Focus' 84th-ranked safety out of 86 qualifiers. Vaccaro has taken nine penalties and missed 18 tackles. Last year's 15th overall pick, Vaccaro figures to be replaced by Marcus Ball.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:19:00 PM

Saints SS Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) has been "full go" at OTAs.

Vaccaro broke his ankle last Week 16, but is ready to rock for 2014. One of last season's most impressive rookies, Vaccaro forms one of the league's best safety duos with free-agent addition Jairus Byrd.
Thu, May 29, 2014 01:49:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:52:00 AM

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