Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy for use of Adderall, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Vaccaro has the option to appeal and it stands to reason that he will fight the ban.
Vaccaro, 25, has been a full-time starter at safety since joining the Saints as the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He played all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2015, and while he failed to record an interception for the first time, he set new career highs in tackles (104) and sacks (three). This year, he has started in all seven of his games, totaling 43 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Pro Football Focus viewed Vaccaro’s play favorably last year, ranking him 27th out of 89 qualified players. Out of that group, only five safeties received a higher grade as a run defender than Vaccaro. This year, he stands as the 19th ranked safety in the NFL, meaning that he is a well above-average starter.
The Saints have Vaccaro under contract through 2017 after exercising his fifth-year option in the spring.
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