September 5, 2009

Cuts imminent

Cutdown day in the NFL - over 700 men are to be cut today by NFL teams as all rosters must be pared to 53 men.

The deadline to make the transactions is 5pm central time. While we are waiting, lets revisit our August 2 article on training camp battles. It was a different time then, when Malcolm Jenkins had yet to sign, before Rod Harper returned two punts for touchdowns, before Mike Bell's Houston takeoff, before Anthony Hargrove's emergence as a starting contender at defensive tackle.

Meanwhile, around the league:
  • The Giants will join a number of teams around the league in keeping only two quarterbacks on the roster. We expect the Saints to cut Joey Harrington and do the same.
  • Former Saints running game coordinator Doug Marrone is starting his career as head coach at Syracuse.
  • Haslett-era assistant coach Turk Schonert has been fired from the offensive coordinator job in Buffalo a week before the season starts. Kansas City and Tampa Bay have also fired their OC's.
  • The Dolphins have cut former short-time CB Joey Thomas.
  • Former Saints draft pick DT Rodney Leisle and QB Tyler Palko were cut by the Cardinals.
  • Former Saints draft pick DT Jason Jefferson was cut by Atlanta.
  • Short-time Saint Biren Ealy was cut by Baltimore.
  • Former Saints draft pick Taylor Melhaff was cut by Minnesota.
  • Former Saints punter Glenn Pakulak was cut by the Jets.
  • Former Saint and Voodoo FB Dan Curran was cut by Seattle.
  • Bobby Hebert's son T-Bob, a redshirt freshman, has won the starting center job at LSU, though runner-up Paul Lonergan will play.
  • Former Saints executive Arnold Fielkow is considering a run for mayor of New Orleans.

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