Jul 26, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown (71) and offensive tackle Jason Smith (78) during the first day of training camp at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
“Ok Saints fans, we have a winner! Charles Brown come on down! Terron Armstead you came in second place! I’m so sorry Jason Smith, that means you are going home today. But not empty handed” At least hopefully not.
Wednesday marked the end of the Jason Smith experiment in New Orleans. NOLA.com’s Larry Holder reports:
"In a roster move, the Saints released offensive tackle Jason Smith. Smith, who was drafted second overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2009, had been battling rookie tackle Terron Armstead and Bryce Harris for playing time.Armstead jumped Smith on the left tackle depth chart early in training camp as the Saints demoted Smith to third team and moved him to right tackle. Recently, Harris has been taking the vast majority of the second-team snaps at right tackle while shifting Marcel Jones to guard."
It’s sad to see a player go. Even more sad when it is a player who was drafted in the first round and is struggling to make a roster. But, fortunately, it means that the Saints staff is confident with Brown and Armstead as the no. 1 and 2 left tackles, respectively. This is encouraging news for a Saints team that was unsure of its tackle situation a few months ago.
Don’t worry about Smith though. Brian Costello, the Jets beat writer for the New York Post, tweeted this:
See! Everyone goes home happy! Saints fans, lets wish Jason Smith a happy return to New York and, hopefully, a roster spot with the Jets.