He has been previewing Monday night's monster showdown against New England Patriots in the Superdome. In discussing all the damage Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker can do to a defense, Vilma mentioned two under-the-radar players he insists the Saints should be wary of.
"Brady gets the ball out quickly, knows in three seconds he can throw it, and Moss will jump up and win the jump ball. In two seconds he can dump it off to Wes Welker. He's got weapons. And nobody talks about their tight ends, but they have two great tight ends. Ben Watson and Chris Baker. You can't sleep on New England's tight ends.
"Ben Watson is one of the most underrated guys in the league, but, of course, he doesn't get the spotlight playing behind Moss and Welker. Those guys, of course, are huge names, and we'll have to play fast and well on defense to keep 'em in check. We are ready for the New England Patriots, and we know we're going to have to EARN the right to go 11-0."
Tight end hasn't been a highly productive position for the Patriots this year.
Watson had two touchdowns on opening night, but he has been quiet lately. He has one catch for 36 yards in New England's past two games and hasn't scored in a month. He has 20 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns.
Baker has 10 receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown this year.