All Things Saints: Your Daily News 2/13
By John Hendrix
Jul 28, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) and linebacker Will Smith (91) talk during a morning training camp practice at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sportsi
Well, we went from zero to holy crap in a short time. We got a ton of news articles from yesterday, with the main focus being on the releases of Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, and Will Smith. The team also stated that they would not re-sign Jonathan Vilma.
Here’s where we are for today.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Greer puts release in unique perspective
"“It’s been a great day, man, surprisingly, with everything going on,” said Greer, who said he spent the day having a “daddy and son” day with one of his two young sons since his wife happened to have a previous engagement while everything was going on. “We popped popcorn, watched a movie. And just that whole opportunity, God used that to really refocus my mind. Just realize the truth, live in the moment, and understand that in the midst of this turmoil, that I have peace. And I’m thankful for that.”"
If you go back into the archives of past Saints games, especially from 2009, Jabari Greer made his presence felt from the very start. He was a fine acquisition from Buffalo, and his character is tough to match. He has the best chance of returning for the black and gold of the released players, but it will depend how his rehab goes from the ACL injury.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Tough moves, but Saints still in great shape
"The greatest chapters in Saints history couldn’t be written without Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Jabari Greer. And to some degree, I feel like all four of them were underrated — especially in recent years — as supporting actors alongside New Orleans’ high-powered offense."
This is an outstanding take on these moves, and I couldn’t agree further. The Saints have the ‘younger’ versions of these players right now, and we can hope that they evolve into these guys in the next few seasons. Arguably, players like Cameron Jordan, Curtis Lofton, Kenny Vaccaro, and Keenan Lewis are already there.
Katherine Terrell | NOLA.com | Current, former New Orleans Saints players react to Wednesday’s cuts
"The New Orleans Saints parted ways with longtime veterans Will Smith, Roman Harper, Jabari Greer and Jonathan Vilma on Wednesday, prompting current and former players to sound off on Twitter."
If there’s one thing Who Dat Nation should be appreciative of, it would be to show respect for key pieces that helped rebuild the New Orleans Saints. Be sure to check the Saints website, they have another great piece of fan appreciation.
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