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Titan’s Kenny Vaccaro Getting Up to Speed with Team

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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.

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Bengals Place Tyler Kroft On IR

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The Cincinnati Bengals have placed tight end Tyler Kroft on injured reserve, effectively ending his season, as he will be unable to return from a broken bone in his foot, as the team had hoped, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals promoted linebacker Brandon Bell off of their practice squad to fill the roster spot made available when Kroft was sent to IR.

Kroft, who is in a contract year, is expected to be healthy in time for free agency in the spring.

Kroft hauled in 42 passes for 404 yards and seven touchdowns while filling in for Tyler Eifert in the 2017 season.

 

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Broncos’ Max Garcia Suffers Torn ACL

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Denver Broncos guard Max Garcia will miss the rest of the regular season after he suffered a torn ACL, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

At the time of this report there were no details available pertaining to how or when Garcia tore his ACL, but the assumption is that he suffered the season ending injury sometime during practice this week.

Garcia complained of discomfort in his knee following practice on Thursday and an MRI revealed the ACL injury.

Garcia, 27, took over starting duties when Ronald Leary went down with injury.

 

 

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Ravens Designate Kenneth Dixon For Return

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The Baltimore Ravens have designated running back Kenneth Dixon for return from the injured reserve and he officially returned to practice on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dixon was initially placed on injured reserve back in early September after he suffered a knee injury during Week 1 action, but the team expected that he would be able to return to action later in the season.

While on injured reserve, Dixon served a six game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

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