During the press conference following Thursday’s practice at team facilities in Metairie, LA, Sean Payton announced that the New Orleans Saints decided to waive four players. RB Timothy Flanders, TE Je’Ron Hamm, OLB Chidera Uzo-Diribe and WR Tobais Palmer are the odd men out, cutting the roster to 86.
Flanders, an undrafted rookie from Sam Houston State, holds numerous NCAA and school rushing records. However, it was going to be tough for the kid to make the final cut on a team that is loaded in the backfield. His undeniable college talent did not carry over once he threw on the pads in the Big Easy. Between Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet, the Saints are pretty much set. Could Tulane‘s Derrick Strozier be next?
A Louisiana-Monroe product, Hamm’s chances as an undrafted free agent were slim to none as well. He comes packed with game, but with the exceptional performance by Josh Hill up to this point, it looks like the Black and Gold have their three tight ends. With Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson obviously being locks, that’s another tough position to battle for.
Uz0-Diribe was actually one of my dark horses to make the final cut. His raw pass rushing talent could have fit well into Rob Ryan‘s defense. However, the former Colorado Buffalo and cousin of Atlanta Falcons‘ DE Osi Umenyiora just couldn’t cut it at the next level. Maybe Sean Payton found out about his Dirty Bird relations and it didn’t sit well. No, just a little humor, but the linebacker unit is just too crowded.
2013 undrafted rookie, Tobais Parker floated around from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the San Diego Chargers before the Saints signed him earlier this month. The product of North Carolina State was added early August for what was likely competition purposes. He really never had a shot, but New Orleans is all about taking a look at the nobodies.
As training camp progresses, the cuts will get more and more frequent, eventually churning into a final 53-man roster. Friday will be travel day for the Saints when they head head up north to face Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.