Tuesday, August 30, 2011 marked the first day that NFL teams were forced to make cuts in order to get their rosters down to a league-mandated 80 players. The New Orleans Saints made a lot of expected moves during this first round, but one big name does stand out among the group and now its time to look at the players that are no longer wearing black and gold.
Don’t forget that rosters need to get down to a regular season limit of 53 players within the next few days so a lot more players will soon be sent packing.
Check out Analyzing the New Orleans Saints first round of cuts – Part Two
~ DE Alex Brown: Perhaps the biggest surprise of them all was the release of Brown, but it also wasn’t entirely unexpected. Brought in last season to perhaps be the true successor to Charles Grant, Brown under performed greatly and never quite lived up to what it was thought he’d bring to the team. This preseason has proved to be much of the same as his production and play just hasn’t been up to par. Coach Sean Payton thought the same.
“It was a hard decision. We spent a lot of time on it. A lot goes into it, and I said this to him today, (that) it wasn’t that we drafted a young player at that position. I think you try to factor in all the practice snaps and all the game film. It was something that after going through it all and looking at the timing of it, there’s still that opportunity within this next week that he’ll have a chance to sign with someone else and also that door is not totally shut if that opportunity presents itself here. Nonetheless, it was a hard decision we had to make. He was the one veteran player that of course has been with us.”
Seems the Saints have more faith in Junior Galette, Turk McBride, and Jeff Charleston to either start or rotate in oppsite Will Smith.
~ FB Kolby Hurt: While Hurt is a great talent, the Saints are looking at keeping two fullbacks and he just happened to fall into third place behind Jed Collins and Korey Hall on the depth chart. Not a great loss.
~ WR Jarred Fayson: Besides having to deal with some nagging injuries that have seriously limited his play and practice time during the preseason, Fayson had to deal with stepping onto a team with a stacked group of wide receivers already. There is just no room for him and he couldn’t break through.
~ CB Mark Parson: The Saints are also stacked at the cornerback position with two solid starters cemented in place in Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter while also having a great crop of back-ups. Parson was fighting a losing battle in camp.
~ C Ryan Taylor: When Jonathan Goodwin signed with the San Francisco 49ers, many thought the center position for the Saints was wide open for anyone to possibly win it including Taylor, Cecil Newton, and Matt Tennant. Once former Bears’ center Olin Kreutz was signed though, the field severely slimmed. Taylor is too far on the outside looking in.
~ LB Ezra Butler: Another player dealing with injuries that limited his practice and play time considerably was Butler. He has a lot of talent but never got a chance to really compete and he would have had to do a lot of work to break the barrier with a number of the veteran linebackers on the team.
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