Steve: Kenny Vaccaro striving to be among elite safeties in the league

Steve Geller
June 16, 2017 - 1:27 pm
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Saints Kenny Vaccaro - “I haven’t met any of my goals and it pisses me off.”


Kenny Vaccaro is definitely a Saints player who cannot wait for the 2017 season to get underway.  The safety missed the final four games a year ago due to a suspension from the league, a result of testing positive for Adderall, which is on the NFL’s banned substance list.  He was asked about moving on from that mistake.


 “Really for me, just want to continue how I was before I got the suspension last year. I thought I was creating turnovers and showing my versatility.”


He sure was. In 11 games, Vaccaro tallied 2 interceptions, forced 2 fumbles and recovering one.  He also notched a sack along with his 67 tackles.

  
“I just feel like there’s a lot of football left ahead of me. I’m still evolving with the safety position,” said the 27-year old. “I haven’t met any of my goals and it pisses me off.” 


We aren’t even in training camp yet, but Vaccaro sounds like a man on a mission.  His passion to be mentioned among the elite safeties in the NFL is definitely driving him in 2017. 
“I feel like a lot of people know it’s in me; people probably know I’m good. But I haven’t earned the respect I need, and I want that. I was a top 15 pick, I should be a Pro Bowler.”


Even if Vaccaro was having a Pro Bowl year, though, chances are that playing for a 7-9 ball club isn’t going to get you much attention or that respect (see Cameron Jordan).
“If I can’t get in that way, if I’m not winning; then I should be All-Pro. I’ve got to figure out a way to do it.”


The 2013 1st round pick is entering a big contract year; and while money is always a great motivator, it doesn’t seem to be the main force driving him.  Vaccaro would prefer to get an extension worked out right now instead of becoming a free agent at season’s end. Hitting the open market, however, could prove to be very profitable for Vaccaro if he does in fact have the season he is striving for.  


 “Even if I do make it to free agency. I still want to play…I mean; this is my home, my family loves it. But at the end of the day you have to make the right decisions for your family.  I’m not really worried about my contract at all right now. I just want us to win. If we win, everything will take care of itself. If we would have won last year maybe something would have already happened. That’s all that matters…winning.” 


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