In just a matter of a few short days, new Tennessee Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro is getting up to speed with his new team, flashing his skills during camp, including a new interception off a Marcus Mariota deep pass to wideout Taywan Taylor.
“I was in the post, which I’ve never done really in my career, but I want to show people I can do whatever they ask me to. I saw Marcus’ shoulders and I was gone,” Vaccaro said, according to ESPN’s Turron Davenport.
Vaccaro wasn’t eased into his first padded practice with the Titans, thrown right into the fire.
“I thought I was going to get worked in a little bit, but it was good. I got to go in there and set the tempo a couple of times. To come out here and be running around, man, I am just thankful,” Vaccaro said.
Vaccaro was playing alongside All-Pro Kevin Byard by defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
“We know and respect each other. He’s an All-Pro safety, a great player. I used to always have to come down in the box and guard. Byard, he’ll come down and do it,” Vaccaro said. “Him having that versatility and my background playing nickel, when you can do that you keep offenses not knowing who’s coming down.”
“I feel like in this defense you can end up anywhere on the field on any play. Having versatility to play in the box or on the post, you have to be able to do it all in this defense,” Byard said.
“Versatility is critical,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. “Any way we can move guys around will help us. It’s great because it’s a matchup league. Tight ends are matchup guys.”
“I want to make the Pro Bowl. My story is not finished,” Vaccaro proclaimed.
Broncos’ John Elway Closes Door on Colin Kaepernick
While the Denver Broncos will be in the market for a backup quarterback, team president John Elway shut the door on the possibility that the team would entertain signing free agent signal caller Colin Kaepernick, although it has nothing to do with protests.
Elway spoke to reporters on Thursday and officially nixed the idea of the team bringing in the former San Francisco 49ers start quarterback.
“He had a chance to be here, he passed on it,” Elway said, according to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones.
Elway is referring to a nixed deal the the Broncos and 49ers had in place that would have seen Kaepernick in Denver back in 2016, but Kaepernick killed the deal by refusing to trim $5 million from his cap number and take additional pay cuts down the road.
Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test
Despite some pubic concerns, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon did not fail a drug test this offseason and no suspension is anticipated once Gordon makes his return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Gordon is currently in Florida where he is working on his physical and mental health and there are no assurances that the wideout will be available when the Browns take the field for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.
Amid reports of interest in former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Browns remain in contact with Gordon, who will need approval from his NFL-sanctioned medical team before returning. and they plan to stick with him throughout his recovery.
Raiders Place Ahtyba Rubin on Injured Reserve
The Oakland Raiders have placed defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve due to a torn biceps that he suffered during the team’s join practice with the Detroit Lions last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
Rubin was entering the final year of a three-year, $12M contract with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2017 but was cut in September. He lated signed on with the Denver Broncos who cut him only two games later.
Rubin later latched on with the Atlanta Falcons where he appeared in 10 games in a reserve role.
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