It’s cut day around the NFL as every team in required to slash their off-season roster to the league mandated 53-player limit, the most allowed on the regular season active roster by the league.
New Orleans cut/terminated/ or placed on injured reserve 22 players to make the cut to 53.
WR Greg Camarillo, TE Derek Schouman, K John Kasay, LB Lawrence Wilson, C Matt Tennant, WR Andy Tanner, S Jerico Nelson, T Aderious Simmons, G DeOnt’ae Pannell, CB Nick Hixson, TE Michael Higgins, DE Alex Daniels, LB Ezra Butler, QB Sean Canfield, DE Braylon Broughton, RB Joe Banyard, S Jose Gumbs, WR Nick Toon, CB Marquis Johnson, and LB Kadarron Anderson.
Defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Ramon Humber were placed on the reserve/suspended list.
Smith will serve a four game suspension for his alleged role in the bounty program, and Humber was suspended for the first three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The Saints had some tough decisions across the board: what to do at linebacker, Travaris Cadet or Chris Ivory, and how to configure the corner back as well as receiver rotations.
We now know the answer to most of the questions.
New Orleans will keep both Cadet and Ivory, which is a solid move as they have two completely different skill sets and can contribute to the Saints in totally different ways.
Ivory is the teams best inside power runner making him a great compliment to Mark Ingram. Should Ingram go down, Ivory can step into the role of goal line/short yardage back, and the offense wouldn’t miss a beat.
Cadet’s versatility as a receiver and return man mimic the skill set of Darren Sproles — who broke the all-purpose yardage record last year — and that gives the Saints a fall back option should Sproles get injured during the regular season.
Who would fill the fourth, fifth, and sixth wide receiver positions was the biggest question, and battle of the preseason. Cortney Roby, Joe Morgan, Andy Tanner, and Adrian Arrington competed for these spots to the very last minute.
Arrington seemed to lock up his roster spot after a monster training camp, although an injury to his knee kept him out of every preseason game. The Saints are confident he’ll be ready for the season opener.
Morgan has too much speed to sit. He lacks consistency, but given time to play with Drew Brees in the Saints offense he is sure to fill the highlight reels with long touchdown catches.
Roby is a good receiver, is great on special teams, and a high character guy. The Saints were never going to let him walk.
Rookie Corey White impressed everyone with his press coverage skills, and veteran Elbert Mack played well after joining the Saints in free agency by way of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.