Reaction to New Orleans Saints Cut To The Final 53

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The Saints have to feel good about their corner depth this season when you factor in White and Mack to the group of Jabari Greer, Patrick Robsinson, and Johnny Patrick.

Linebacker was a position that was hit hard by injuries. The Saints lost Chris Chamberlain to an ACL, and he was supposed to get serious consideration as one of the teams starting outside linebackers.

David Hawthorne suffered a meniscus injury that required surgery to fix, and he was penciled in as the starter at weak side linebacker.

Curtis Lofton suffered a high ankle sprain against the Jaguars and it’s likely he won’t be 100 percent by the start of the season.

Given the plethora of injuries it was thought the Saints may keep an extra linebacker or two on the roster, primarily Lawrence Wilson and/or Ezra Butler.

But the Saints opted to keep only six for the time being, hanging on to Hawthorne, Lofton, Will Herring, Jonathan Casillas, Barrett Ruud, and Scott Shanle.

Tentavily the starters should be Lofton in the middle, Shanle at strong side, and Casillas at weakside.

The biggest suprises were the release of guard/center prospect Matt Tennant and the placement of rookie wide receiver Nick Toon — the teams fifth round pick this year — onto the injured reserve list.

Tennant was always favored for his versatility and his release makes Brian de La Puente the only center on the roster. Rookie tackle Marcel Jones made the cut, and guard Eric Olsen will take Tennant’s place at guard.

Early reports from training camp were encouraging concerning Toon’s progress.

It appeared early that he had Marques Colston like potential in the Saints offense, but a foot injury kept him sidelined for every game besides yesterdays matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

Toon didn’t play well — dropping a touchdown pass — and with so may other receivers at their disposal, the Sainrs decided to stash him until next year.

For a complete look at the Saints 53-man roster as it stands currently, click here.