August 30, 2011

Saints cut Alex Brown in first roster reduction; set up WR battle

The Saints reached 80 players on their offseason roster by removing 11 players from the 90 man roster and adding John Kasay.

Kasay, who says his contract is "day-to-day", arrives amidst the buzz over the stubbornly secretive severity of Garrett Hartley's hip injury.

The Saints waived: G Roger Allen, LB Ezra Butler, undrafted rookie WR John Chiles, undrafted rookie WR Jarred Fayson, undrafted rookie T Dan Gay, undrafted rookie FB Kolby Hurt, undrafted rookie SS DeAndre McDaniel, CB Mark Parson, RB Chris Taylor and undrafted rookie C Ryan Taylor.  Allen, Butler, Fayson and Chris Taylor were waived with injury settlements.

The Saints also cut veteran DE Alex Brown, a surprise considering he was the most veteran of all defensive ends and that the Saints stand to lose their best defensive end, Will Smith, to the long-awaited Starcaps suspension.  Brown played a single season for the Saints under his 2010 two-year contract, and wrote today on Twitter to confirm the news, "It saddens me to say that I have been released from the Saints because their a first class organization and I will miss it. Good luck to the guys and Who Dat Nation keep roaring... My family and I had a blast here.. Thanks"

Brown on the same day announced that he'd been contacted by the University of Florida and informed he'd be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

With Brown off the roster, though Sean Payton didn't rule out his return today, the starting job across from Smith is squarely on the shoulders of first round rookie Cameron Jordan, who will be backed up by rising veterans Junior Gallette, himself on in his second year, free agent addition Turk McBride and Jeff Charleston, a high-energy coach favorite.

Both Jordan and McBride have the size to slide inside to defensive tackle on passing downs.

In other places on the depth chart, the removal of Fayson and Chiles from the wide receiver set up nearly a full game's worth of playing time for Adrian Arrington, Montez Billings and Andy Tanner.  With starters expected to play little if at all and undrafted rookie sensation Joe Morgan out with a knee injury, Arrington will make his final statement to make the team.  Having exhausted his practice squad eligibility, it is do or die for Arrington now.

Roby, likely in possession of the 5th WR spot because of his excellent special teams ability, may play but at the expense of snaps for Billings and Tanner.  Both Billings and Tanner are eligible for the practice squad, and may be competing for that job with Morgan once healthy.

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