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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Early this week, Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said that he wouldn’t do anything to make first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro’s transition to the professional ranks more difficult than it needs to be. He isn’t the only veteran safety in New Orleans ...

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Roman Harper looks forward to competing with Kenny Vaccaro

Early this week, Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said that he wouldn’t do anything to make first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro’s transition to the professional ranks more difficult than it needs to be.

He isn’t the only veteran safety in New Orleans to take a welcoming stance toward a player who could conceivably wind up taking his job. Roman Harper said that he expected to see the Saints draft a safety this year and that he was happy with any addition that will help the defense because “it’s not about any particular player” when making decisions about how to get better as a team.

“Of course. And the biggest thing is, we needed to draft a safety at some point this year. I’m what, Year 8? Malcolm is in the last year of his deal. It’s part of the business. If you don’t think that’s gonna happen, you’re wrong,” said Harper, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. ”So I’m looking forward to the competition. I’ve seen some of the things that we’re installing. Looks like we’ve got some different things that we can really make some things go. So it’s gonna be good.”

It’s not an attitude we always see from veteran players when they face their likely replacements, but it is the most realistic one as well as being the one that’s best for the team. There was some question early this offseason about whether or not the Saints would hold onto Harper, who is set to make $5.25 million in 2013. The Saints have already guaranteed half that salary, so Harper’s roster spot is likely safe and all he can really do now is play as well as possible so that he can wash away any lingering memories of a mediocre 2012 season in hopes of securing a job in the years to come.

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Maybe he should adopt Drews attitude where your backup never sees the field.
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Lets hope competition brings out the best in both of them
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If Vaccaro is half as good as some scouts think he is, and should Malcolm regain his form - the saga of the Jason David of safeties may finally come to an end...
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Vaccaro will have no problem taking Harpers place.
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Harper and Jenkins have always had great attitudes and are all-class when it comes to being model teammates.
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