With only a couple of hours before teams need to finalize their 53-man roster, the New Orleans Saints have made a few cuts before the 5:00 p.m. CT deadline. The Saints have cut CB Chris Carr, DT Issako Aatui and offensive guard Elliott Mealer. Furthermore, the Saints also waived QB Ryan Griffin as the team gets closer to the 53-man limit.
Carr and Mealer were not surprising cuts as the Saints seem pretty set in the secondary, and their offensive line is one of the best in the league. I was a little surprised to hear that Aatui was released given that the Saints need as much depth as possible on the defensive line.
However, the Saints still do have starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley as well as rookie defensive tackle John Jenkins. A lot of these cuts were expected, but it is always surprising to see certain players go.
It was certainly surprising to learn that Griffin was waived since many saw him as a possible successor to Drew Brees. The former Tulane product had a decent preseason and gave the Saints a different look at quarterback. The 6-foot-5 QB was much taller than Brees and fairly athletic, and I thought he would stick as the third-string quarterback.
There is still the possibility that Griffin could end up with the Saints, but it would more than likely be on the practice squad. I think Griffin will be a good project player if he makes the Saints’ practice squad, and maybe he could even earn a roster spot next season.
With the deadline approaching, the Saints’ roster currently sits at 72, so there are many more cuts to be made.