September 3, 2010

Saints begin to trim roster to 53

The Saints have yet to announce all 22 cuts needed to get down to 53 players.

The timing is complicated.  The team needs to move on with its 53 men and start preparing for a short game week, with their season opener on Thursday.

However, injuries last night to RB Chris Ivory and LB Jonathan Casillas complicate matters.  Both are undergoing tests and evaluation today, but with their availability in the air, it complicates the depth chart decisions.  Ivory is expected to play a key role as the third runningback and goal line back while Casillas ascended to the starting weakside linebacker job.  The Saints may have to wait until the know the extent and severity of their injuries.

But, one cut we do know about so far, as reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by the player, is DE Bobby McCray.

For the second time in just over two months, the Saints have cut veteran DE Bobby McCray. 

McCray, who was cut on June 21 and then re-signed on July 23, was again shocked by the decision to release him.

The veteran shown up by rookie DE Junior Galette on Thursday night.  It may mean that Galette has made the team, though the Saints would need to conceivably carry five defensive ends: Pro Bowler Will Smith, newcomers Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson, high-motor vet Jeff Charleston and Galette.

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