After missing the entire 2015 season, Vinnie Sunseri will compete to make contributions on both defense and special teams in 2016. In 2014, the fifth round draft pick he brought speed, athleticism and youth to the club’s special teams units as a rookie and also saw action in the secondary before suffering a midseason season-ending arm injury.
NFL CAREER – After missing the entire 2015 season, Vinnie Sunseri will compete to make contributions on both defense and special teams in 2016. In 2014, the fifth round draft pick he brought speed, athleticism and youth to the club’s special teams units as a rookie and also saw action in the secondary before suffering a midseason season-ending arm injury.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on reserve/injured, 9/2/15; Waived/Injured, 9/1/15; Placed on reserve/injured, 11/12/14; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/16/14; Selected by Saints in the fifth round (167th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.
2015 – Spent entire season on reserve/injured. 2014 – Played in nine games, contributing primarily on special teams…Finished with six special teams tackles and added one defensive solo stop…Made his NFL debut on special teams at Atlanta, Sept. 7…Had two special teams stops at Cleveland, Sept. 14 and vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9…Recorded first career defensive tackle at Carolina, Oct. 30.
COLLEGE – Opened 14-of-34 games at Alabama, posting 105 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, two brought back for touchdowns, 12 passes defensed, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries…Posted 20 tackles, two interceptions returned for touchdowns and six passes defensed, starting the first seven games as a senior before suffering a torn ACL…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2015.
PERSONAL – Recorded 144 stops for Northridge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) HS as a senior and added three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two TDs as he was a first-team ASWA All-State selection and an ASWA Super 12 selection…Made 107 tackles as a junior at Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw, N.C.) HS, with two sacks and five interceptions, while also rushing for 305 yards and three TDs…Father Sal is the defensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders and has previously coached at Florida State, Alabama, the Carolina Panthers, Michigan State, LSU, Alabama A&M, Louisville, Illinois State, Iowa Wesleyan and Pittsburgh…Born Vinnie Salvatore Sunseri on Sept 27, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
New Orleans Saints safety Vinnie Sunseri met with the media Tuesday, Aug. 11 and talked about his training camp. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Vinnie Sunseri on Tuesday took part in Rotolo's Literacy Program visit to Mildred S. Harris Elementary School. Video by Ashley Amoss
New Orleans Saints safety Vinnie Sunseri met with reporters following practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Video by Alex Restrepo)
New Orleans Saints safety Vinnie Sunseri intercepts a pass from Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger.