September 3, 2010

Daniel wins backup quarterback job as Ramsey released

The Saints haven't announced all cuts yet, likely because they still haven't made up their minds on the fresh injuries of RB Chris Ivory and LB Jonathan Casillas, or the old injuries of FS Darren Sharper and LB Clint Ingram.

But we do know, because the Times-Picayune has confirmed with agent Jimmy Sexton, that Patrick Ramsey has been released.  Second-year undrafted free agent QB Chase Daniel has won the one and only backup quarterback job.

The former Tulane quarterback, Ramsey, is a well-traveled veteran who signed with the Saints in July.

This is a bit of a surprise given Daniel's disappointing end in the preseason finale, but his strong performance against the Texans in preseason week two was more impressive.  Ramsey, the late-arrival in the race, might have in the end been a victim of the league's Final 8 rules, which prevented the Saints from signing him until training camp opened.

Daniel, who has been with the Saints for a full calendar year, has apparently won the hearts and confidence of the coaches with his playmaking ability.  An elusive scrambler, Daniel was undrafted out of Missouri in 2009 but was cut by the Redskins.  The Saints picked him up after the 2009 preseason and he hopped between the practice squad and the inactive game day list during the Saints' Super Bowl run.

Daniel is just the latest undrafted free agent to complete his unpredictable ascension to an NFL roster, joining Saints teammates Lance Moore, Pierre Thomas, Randall Gay and Remi Ayodele.  Rookie DE Junior Galette may also make this team after entering the league undrafted in April.

At Sean Payton's press conference this afternoon, the coach refused to name names or provide injury updates.  But unconfirmed reports have the Saints releasing RB Ladell Betts as well as DE Bobby McCray.

UPDATE: Daniel wrote on twitter Saturday morning: "Thank you to everyone who believed...however, the real work starts now. Time to focus on getting a little better every single day!"

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