Saints’ Vaccaro drawing attention with aggressive play

Saints first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro, an active and willing participant when full pads went on for the first time in training camp Sunday, again turned heads with his aggressive play in Tuesday’s practice.

Vaccaro, a safety, and tight end Jimmy Graham had a brief wrestling match when they simultaneously came down with the ball in 1-on-1 passing drills.

Vaccaro tossed the ball at Graham, who moved toward Vaccaro before safety Malcolm Jenkins stepped in to prevent the incident from escalating.

Vaccaro later got a brief talk from secondary coach Wesley McGriff after a hard tackle by Vaccaro on running back Pierre Thomas when the drill called for defenders to take ball carriers down to the ground softly.

“That’s just the way I am,” Vaccaro said. “That’s my physical nature. I approach every practice like that and I’m not going to stop until somebody says, ‘Hey, relax, and take care of yourself.’”

Vaccaro said he doesn’t plan to dial down his aggressiveness.

“I think every team needs a guy that’s going to be like that, (have) a little craziness, a little edge to him,” he said. “It’s still early in training camp and I want to establish my physical presence early on.”

WILSON SITS OUT: Outside linebacker Martez Wilson was one of eight players who didn’t participate in practice after he injured his left elbow near the end of Monday’s workout.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Wilson dislocated his elbow and is expected to be out 2-to-4 weeks. He joins fellow outside linebacker Victor Butler, who tore his ACL last month in the training room.

The Saints are also a little short-handed at inside linebacker as starters Curtis Lofton rested a sore back and Jonathan Vilma didn’t participate in team drills after suffering a cut on the bridge of his nose Monday.

ROSTER MOVE: The Saints made their first roster move of training camp Tuesday when they waived wide receiver Brent Leonard, a rookie free agent from Louisiana-Monroe, and signed wide receiver Tim Toone.

Toone, a second-year pro, was released last week by the Atlanta Falcons. The former Weber State standout was Mr. Irrelevant when he was the 255th and final pick of the 2010 draft by the Detroit Lions.

INGRAM THINKING BIG: Saints running back Mark Ingram said there’s no reason to believe that Alabama, whom he played for from 2008-10, won’t win a third consecutive BCS national championship this season.

“They should,” he said Tuesday. “They have the quarterback back, they have (T.J.) Yeldon back at running back and they have a lot of good young defenders. So, they have a good chance at it if they work hard and follow what coach (Nick) Saban says.

“It’s all in their hands.”

BLACK AND GOLD SET: Saints officials said Saturday’s Black and Gold Scrimmage will be played from 8:50-11 a.m. at their Metairie training facility. Admission is free and gates will open at 8 a.m.