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Two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses will on display when the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans get together for a preseason matchup Saturday at Reliant Stadium, though it was the defenses that stood out for both teams in their respective 2011 openers.

The release of Stinchcomb actually makes the Olin Kreutz signing more understandable. When the Saints signed Kreutz my initial thought was, “Why wouldn’t the Saints just play Matt Tennant who they traded up in last year’s draft to get?” The reason was Sean Payton knew Jon Stinchcomb wasn’t going to make the roster and he probably had no interest in having two starters of his potential opening day offensive line (Matt Tennant and Charles Brown) lacking any NFL starts.

Rookie running backs can often times make a nice impact in fantasy land, so it’s no surprise that Mark Ingram’s name has been talked about in a prominent fashion. But is he guaranteed to see a featured role in the Saints offense? Maybe not. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Ingram and Pierre Thomas have shared first-team reps during training camp.

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran cornerback Quincy Butler on Thursday and placed offensive tackle Alex Barron on injured reserve.

Disbelief was expressed by fans everywhere. How could the Saints let him go? Who will protect Brees now? What are Head Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis thinking? The answer is pretty simple but not very pretty to look at. It’s called the business of NFL football.

Midway through training camp this year Arrington is in trouble of losing his roster spot to two undrafted rookies — Jarred Fayson, and Joe Morgan — who have both looked good so far in practices and in the teams first preseason game. 

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