New Orleans Saints Finalize 53 Man Roster With Some Surprising Cuts.
By Keith Null
New Orleans roster is a little slimmer now after the latest series of roster cuts mandated by the league. Three players were placed on injured reserve, 16 were waived and three were terminated.
No mucking around, lets get right into it.
- Tight End – Billy Miller, Achilles Injury
- Safety – Chip Vaughn, Torn Meniscus
- Full Back – Olaniyi Sobomehin, Shoulder
Billy Miller comes as no surprise, it was a lock he would land on injured reserve after injuring his Achilles durign the game against Miami.
Miller is a ten year vet who has spent time with the Texans and Browns before landing with the Saints in 2006. Since joining the Saints Miller has 14 starts out of 41 games and has recorded 86 catches for 1,036 yards and three touchdowns.
Vaughn, a fourth round pick of the Saints this year, was developing well in Williams defense before being sidelined with a left knee meniscus tear relatively early.
Unfortunate to say the least as the young talent showed flashes of some real ability and may have seen some playing time this season.
- Wide Receiver – Adrian Arrington
- Guard – Nate Bennett
- Tackle – Michael Brown
- Center – Digger Bujnoch
- Running Back – Herb Donaldson
- Guard – Tim Duckworth
- Cornerback – Danny Gorrer
- Wide Receiver – Skyler Green
- Defensive Tackle – Earl Hayman
- Running Back – P.J. Hill
- Tight End – Martrez Milner
- Tackle – Jeremy Parnell
- Defensive Tackle – DeMario Pressley
- Wide Recevier – Courtney Roby
- Wide Receiver – Matt Simon
- Linebacker – Anthony Waters
- Tackle – Anthony Davis
- Quarterback – Joey Harrington
- Defensive End – Paul Spicer
There is plenty here to talk about, but honestly most of these cuts were expected — if you want a more in depth break down hit the Saints website through this link.
Moving on to the surprise cuts.
Adrian Arrington was drafted by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2008 draft and never appeared in a single regular season game. Arrington was the darling of camp least season as coaches and players raved about his quick learning curve and sticky hands.
The problem with Adrian was health related, the kid was hurt more than a Detroit Lions fan’s pride, landing on IR in 2008 with turf toe and then battling a gimpy hamstring the entire pre-season in 2009.
The Saints obviously had seen enough to entice a cut but there is a possibility he can clear waivers and land back with the Saints on the practice squad.
Former Charger linebacker and Clemson standout Anthony Waters was signed as a free agent early this off season.
Waters hasn’t has a phenomenal camp but hasn’t necessarily had a bad camp either, garnering praise for work ethic and athletic ability.
He has played in every pre-season game for the Saints and is responsible for on of the more memorable plays when he recorded a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery all on the same play against the Texans in the pre-season opener.
Unknown corner back Danny Gorrer had been a surprise player during the Saints training camp and by all indications was on track to potentially crack the lineup, turning in several big plays and interceptions.
It just didn’t translate for him on the actual playing as he faded into the background accounting for seven tackles and a pass defense in four pre-season games.
This move has to make some team somewhere as happy as a tornado in a trailer park as the Saints cut promising rookie runner P.J. Hill from the roster.
I’m sure the Saints are hoping Hill clears waivers so they can re-sign him to the practice squad, yeah right.
Hill has been lightning in a bottle for the Saints this pre-season after signing an undrafted rookie free agent, running for 128 yards and three scores on 26 carries.
Ironically Hill chose to sign with the Saints, after being courted by several NFL teams, because he thought New Orleans gave him the best shot to make a roster.
Can you frigging believe that Paul Spicer was terminated? Neither can I, especially considering he was the projected starter during Smith and Grant’s four game suspensions.
The Saints may know something we don’t here but rumor has it the suspensions of Grant and Smith have not been dished out to this point and both players may be eligible to play week 1.
Check this link here for more on this sweet little nugget-o-info.
It appears that Sean Payton’s man crush on Joey Harrington is finally over, or so we can hope.
Harrington caught on late last season with the Saints after being released from the dirty birds (Atlanta Falcons for those of you confused) to backup the backup quarterback Mark Brunell, he saw no playing time in 2008, and was not very sharp in his pre-season appearances posting 26-of-43 passing for 244 yards and one touchdown.
Did I mention he was sacked more than Lindsay Lohan.
Something tells me though that the Saints have not seen the last of Mr.Harrington and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he rotated in and out of the roster through the course of the regular season.
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