2. Ball on the rise: There's been plenty of fanfare surrounding safety Marcus Ball since the Saints signed him earlier this offseason. The Saints are joining in the parade on Ball as well.Ball, a former Canadian Football League standout, has continuously received snaps with the first-team defense during team drills. He lined up several times with Vaccaro and Rafael Bush in the team's three-safety sets. Ball and Vaccaro teamed up on a blitz to blow up a pass play during Tuesday's practice as Rob Ryan expressed his delight after the play.Ball has jumped fifth-round pick safety Vinnie Sunseri on the team's unofficial depth chart a few days ago. It's becoming apparent the promotion is more official than unofficial in Ball's case.