WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Vinnie Sunseri keeps making plays.
Fresh off of a pick-six in the red zone during Saturday’s scrimmage, Sunseri came up with another on Monday, picking off a short throw into the middle from Luke McCown.
Sunseri, the Saints’ fifth-round pick a year ago, has spent training camp backing up Kenny Vaccaro at strong safety, and he finds himself in a fight for a roster spot in a crowded defensive backfield.
“The key is how many snaps can he play during the course of a game if he’s up and he’s got a jersey,” Payton said. “And can he function with less practice snaps in the event of an injury?”
Sunseri played in nine games as a rookie, mostly on special teams, making five tackles before breaking his arm against the San Francisco 49ers.
His instincts are part of the reason the Saints drafted Sunseri last season out of Alabama.
“We know that staff pretty well,” Payton said. “The key was the early vision. We felt like he would be able to contribute in special teams, be a guy that knew what we were doing. That applies this year.”