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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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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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