NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - When the New Orleans Saints selected defensive back Kenny Vaccaro of Texas with their number one draft pick, some people were upset wondering why Sean Payton would go with him instead of a linebacker or defensive lineman.
After his performance on Sunday, no one is questioning the Saints selection of Vaccaro.
Sean Payton said,'We have a lot of young players. A lot of young guys in week one that don't know a whole lot about other then what you see in the preseason, but aside from guys playing on defense or offense, you talk about Kenny Vaccaro, John Jenkins. Even the receivers Nick Toon being someone although he is in his second year, he is really in his first year healthy and playing."
Payton said Vaccaro is a physical defender and he asked the young defensive back to keep tabs on Falcons tight end Tony Gonzales.
"He spent a lot of time studying the tape and understood the strengths and weaknesses. A guy like that is a veteran players, but I thought he handed that match up well."
Coach added, "I sad this way back at the beginning of training camp, he is a player, that is a little more wiser or a little bit more savvy than a lot of rookies in that he is very experienced. He studies hard but he is someone who knows the game well."
Payton said the Saints are counting on those guys and expects them to quickly get up to speed and look for them to improve each week.
On Sunday night former NFL head coach and NFL analyst Tony Dungy said that he thought New Orleans is the most impressive of all the teams he saw on Sunday. He said Payton has brought the swagger back.
The Saints travel to Tampa Bay 3:05 p.m. Sunday, facing a Buccaneers team that suffered a 15-yard penalty that helped the New York Jets kick a game winning field goal, lifting Rex Ryan's team past the Bucs 18-17.