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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.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just want to quickly address some of the stories coming out about my actions during camp. In all my years of football I&#39;ve never been...</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362618843228667904">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...ejected from a game or been called a dirty player. I&#39;ve always taken pride in playing aggressively but within the confines of the rules.</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362619057108819968">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I&#39;m blessed to play the sport I love &amp; have been given the opportunity to make a living doing so. I play every snap, whether it be practice</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362619403461853184">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...or a game, like it could be my last. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my teammates, especially the veterans that have helped</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362619644797911040">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...maintain the Saints legacy and would never intentionally disrespect any of them. I never purposely threw a football at Jimmy and or hit..</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362619977246842881">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...anyone outside of a padded drill. So until my coaches, teammates or my mother tells me to take it easy I will continue to leave it ...</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362620168792309761">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...all out on the field. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362620369393299457">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jammin this Dallas music with <a href="https://twitter.com/RufusJohnson7">@RufusJohnson7</a> bout to jump out the car and dip dip dip haha</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362661816305856515">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/qdiggs6">@qdiggs6</a>: Keep balling my boy <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4">@KennyVaccaro4</a> stay <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Relentless&amp;src=hash">#Relentless</a>"---&gt; No Question!!</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/362662264303665154">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>PHOTOS: Wednesday&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice: <a href="http://t.co/Ok6E2BMArR">http://t.co/Ok6E2BMArR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362657868673060864">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pro Bowl changes won&#39;t make bad game better, just different <a href="http://t.co/ImsIlG4UxJ">http://t.co/ImsIlG4UxJ</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/362650465638420480">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The new rules show how the league&#39;s concept is to gradually turn the Pro Bowl into a &quot;Game Show&quot;, rather just a game: <a href="http://t.co/jzq3AhCXsC">http://t.co/jzq3AhCXsC</a></p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/362648672695099393">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>2014 Pro Bowl, Presented by McDonald’s, Features New Format for <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> All-Star Game <a href="http://t.co/unE6cFOLdT">http://t.co/unE6cFOLdT</a></p>&mdash; NFL345 (@NFL345) <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL345/statuses/362630187235553282">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan really likes Keenan Lewis. I mean, reallllly likes him. Said the CB was already on the field working out the day after he signed.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362647114636988418">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ryan also appears to have a soft spot for Jim Leonhard. Said he&#39;s happy to have the vet in camp w/ the team.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362647251325161473">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bill Polian talks Saints &amp; Dennis Lauscha discusses the Pelicans uniform changes in today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> Podcast: <a href="http://t.co/UT2oebczWD">http://t.co/UT2oebczWD</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362635493315313665">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, I WILL NOT REST UNTIL JED COLLINS IS A 2014 PRO BOWLER!</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/362634913196941313">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Will do! hope u get betterRT <a href="https://twitter.com/CaroPerrotta1">@CaroPerrotta1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50">@CurtisLofton50</a> Please take care of your back!! I am 5 weeks pos… <a href="http://t.co/T7lWdZ8Urg">http://t.co/T7lWdZ8Urg</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/362623873994342400">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Guys on both sides of the ball were getting after it today.Some of the hits reminded me of the old NFL films.just another day at the office</p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/362622572015255552">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Another day in the books</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/362620944147156992">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jump it!!! The rare chance to get the jump on lancemoore16 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23trainingcamp&amp;src=hash">#trainingcamp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23grinding&amp;src=hash">#grinding</a> <a href="http://t.co/Gbol3MAgAX">http://t.co/Gbol3MAgAX</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/362619883109879808">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> are indoors tomorrow for practice. Closed to the public, no live tweeting or Vining.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362613252150136832">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton: &quot;I thought Ryan Griffin (<a href="https://twitter.com/Griffin_11">@Griffin_11</a>) had his best practice yet...he has picked things up pretty quickly&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362611309923147776">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bobby Hebert has the shirt of the day. It reads &quot;Goodell Hater&quot; with an arrow point up to Bobby&#39;s face. Oh my ...</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362599931774636032">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Defense trying to bounce back. Rafael Bush with a nice pass breakup on Tanner to start more first-team team... <a href="http://t.co/wXjDvXKtAC">http://t.co/wXjDvXKtAC</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362599124660535296">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ryan Griffin with another bomb to Preston Parker. Keeps getting better each practice.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362597534117535745">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Now Harper, Bush and Vaccaro in together. Side note: Toon and Moore made back-to-back catches beating the defense.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362593989829996545">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kenny Vaccaro jus tried to throw Chis Givens to the ground. DB coach Wesley McGriff had to pull him aside and calm him down.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362588915359686658">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Vaccaro again in drill, Preston Parker gets physical w/ him. After Vaccaro tried to take down Saalim Hakim, Hakim three the ball @ the rook.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362589311595593730">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RBs vs LBs! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/7EKIOzaVh2">https://t.co/7EKIOzaVh2</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362588466892111873">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> hands it off to <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/qRqVE5Ku8g">https://t.co/qRqVE5Ku8g</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362583182618542082">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>9 days until Saints football. call up Joe Horn if you know who we play. lol <a href="http://t.co/KX2IAf7o1b">http://t.co/KX2IAf7o1b</a></p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/362582624662855682">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>DL Tom Johnson sitting out with a hip injury. Payton said Tuesday that Johnson would miss a week.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362576281352683520">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Marques Colston, Patrick Robinson still on PUP list. I asked Payton for an update on Colston on Tuesday and Payton didn&#39;t offer much.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/362575174052229120">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>VIDEO: <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4">@KennyVaccaro4</a> talks about trying to establish his role in the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> defense <a href="http://t.co/yipfrgNATJ">http://t.co/yipfrgNATJ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362572344616693760">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Join us Saturday for the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Black and Gold scrimmage. Gates open at 8 and it&#39;s FREE to attend! <a href="http://t.co/EnA81Dd2yV">http://t.co/EnA81Dd2yV</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362672828056735744">July 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

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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 - NFL.com
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 | NOLA.com
Saints trying to mimic successful ground attacks like Texans, Seahawks

Saints camp on Wednesday: photo gallery | NOLA.com
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 | wwltv.com 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 | wwltv.com 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 | NOLA.com
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 | NOLA.com
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 | NOLA.com
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.

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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.

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

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Video

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