Saints Training Camp Recap, Day 6: Saints Rookie Kenny Vaccaro Says He's Not A 'Dirty Player'

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The Saints' young first round draft selection took to Twitter to defend himself against any "dirty player" accusations after it was reported he "scuffled" with TE Jimmy Graham yesterday during practice. See the first group of tweets below. He says he "never purposely threw a football at Jimmy and/or hit anyone outside of a padded drill." In other news, the NFL radically changes the Pro Bowl.



Who dat talkin' 'bout Saints camp?

Kenny Vaccaro defends self on Twitter following Graham incident | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
In a series of tweets published not long after Wednesday morning’s practice, the rookie safety wrote, in part: "In all my years of football I’ve never been ejected from a game or been called a dirty player. I’ve always taken pride in playing aggressively but within the confines of the rules."

Kenny Vaccaro scuffles with Saints' Jimmy Graham -
Kenny Vaccaro must not care where rookies sit on the NFL totem pole. The New Orleans Saints rookie picked a fight with Jimmy Graham in training camp -- and nearly every other teammate.

New Orleans Saints focusing on outside zone scheme to improve rushing attack |
Saints trying to mimic successful ground attacks like Texans, Seahawks

Saints camp on Wednesday: photo gallery |
The Saints continue training camp at their team headquarters on Airline Drive in Metairie on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Here's the beef: Saints' NT Jenkins humble, ready to help any way he can | New Orleans
"I’m just working," Jenkins said. "I’m just learning from these vets. No matter what these guys have planned for me, I’m willing to do whatever (they ask)."

Saints backup QB Wallace sits out with groin injury | New Orleans
Seneca Wallace, battling to become the Saints’ backup quarterback, sat out practice Wednesday with a groin injury.

From the Coach’s Office: Points from Saints Practice, July 30
Remember the primary objective of training camp is to assemble the best 53 man roster possible. It is amazing the hysteria the start of training camp creates, where most of us want answers when we barely know the questions and only partial answers.

Joe Morgan ready to make splash | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Joe Morgan is proving at Saints training camp that he can do more than run under long passes from Drew Brees.

Saints Nation Podcast: Saints Need Healthy LBs and Skype Fail to the Max | July | 2013 Articles

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, July 31
Practice is scheduled from 8:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and will be open to the public.

Saints rookie report: John Jenkins
Rookie John Jenkins met with New Orleans media on Monday and talked about his experience so far.

Thursday's New Orleans Saints practice moved indoors, closed to the public
The next open practice is the Black and Gold Scrimmage, which will be held on Saturday starting at 8:50 am CT at the team's facility on Airline Drive

Team Report - NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Graham works despite contract status

Ryan Griffin's best day yet: Mike Triplett's first take from Wednesday's New Orleans Saints practice |
Rookie quarterback from Tulane has impressive day while working with third-string offense in place of injured veteran Seneca Wallace

New Orleans Saints' Seneca Wallace, Curtis Lofton held out of Wednesday's practice |
Saints escape Wednesday practice unscathed by fresh injuries

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to make nearly $400M in state subsidies by 2025, report says |
Agreement between Tom Benson, state was fully implemented last year

Mark Ingram busts Jonathan Vilma's nose during practice
"I didn't know, but I saw Jed (Collins) had some blood on his helmet and he was like 'Who's it coming from!?'" says Ingram. "Then I saw Vilma looking like Avatar with a strip on his nose, so I guess I put a couple stitches in him, but it was just a good collision. He needs to get his helmet fitted better," smiled Ingram.


NFL radically changes Pro Bowl

Report: NFL ditches Pro Bowl format for fantasy draft | ProFootballTalk
The people have spoken. And regardless of what they really said, the NFL will be getting rid of the traditional Pro Bowl structure, dumping the AFC and NFC teams for a fantasy draft format.

NFL wants more two-minute drills in Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk
Change is coming to the Pro Bowl and it goes way beyond the schoolyard draft-esque way that teams will be chosen in the future. There will be two-minute warnings added to the first and third quarters of the game with the ball turning over to the defensive team at their 25-yard line at the start o...

Pro Bowlers may not be wearing their usual team helmets | ProFootballTalk
The elimination of conference affiliations creates all sorts of interesting possibilities at the Pro Bowl. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs could have a chance to sack Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Two fans will help pick the final Pro Bowl teams | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has announced sweeping changes to the Pro Bowl. The biggest change comes from the elimination of the conference affiliations and picking teams from the 86 players who make it to Hawaii. The overall Pro Bowl rosters will continue to be determined by the fans, coaches, and players.

Pro Bowl changes seem to acknowledge reality | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has announced sweeping changes to the Pro Bowl, a game that has been undermined in recent years by a lack of player effort. It's a lack of player effort we understand and support.


Other NFL News

Ted Thompson no hurdle in Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre reunion - ESPN
When Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy first said the team would retire Brett Favre

Panthers don't know when Jonathan Stewart will return to practice -
Running back Jonathan Stewart continues to have ankle problems, and the Panthers don't know when he'll be ready to practice.



Sean Payton's Wednesday Press Conference
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Kenny Stills
WR Kenny Stills talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Ryan Griffin talks about week one of camp
New Orleans Saints Rookie QB Ryan Griffin speaks with the media after practice on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

New Orleans Saints Morning Report: July 31
New Orleans Saints C Brian de la Puente talks with John DeShazier on the New Orleans Saints Morning Report on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Rufus Johnson Focused on Improvement
New Orleans Saints rookie S Kenny Vaccaro talks about the first week of 2013 Training Camp presented by Verizon on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chase Thomas is used to playing in the heat
New Orleans Saints rookie LB Rufus Johnson talks about the first week of 2013 Training Camp presented by Verizon on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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