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Vinnie and the Saints?

  // Saturday, 16 August 2014 20:18 //

To Saints coach Sean Payton, it seemed rookie safety Vinnie Sunseri was a half-step too slow to make any significant plays in New Orleans’ 2014 preseason opener at St. Louis on Aug. 8.

But the fifth-round draft choice knew he could deliver a far better early impression, even if the 26-24 win in St. Louis was his first game since an ACL tear in October that cost him much of his final season at Alabama last year.

Sunseri gave it in the Saints’ 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night.

Among Sunseri’s plays were a takedown behind the line of scrimmage; an interception off and a thunderous tackle on an old LSU foe; and a jarring hit that disrupted what would’ve been a first-down reception.

“As rookies, we were trying to make a statement, trying to show that we belong with everybody,” Sunseri said afterward in response to reporters’ questions about his improved outing.

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