Monday the New Orleans Saints cut their roster down to 75 players before evacuating New Orleans due to Isaac. Here are the 15 players the team rid themselves of prior to the August 28 deadline:
DT Remi Ayodele
Ayodele was cut most likely because he no longer provided explosive abilities to get into the offensive backfield. And the fact Akiem Hicks looks like he could be the defensive rookie of the year didn't help Ayodele's cause either. Ayodele could go to another team in need of tackle depth but that probably won't happen until teams sustain some injuries at the position.
QB Luke McCown
The Saints will likely get down to two quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster, but as of now it is clear that McCown simply was not going to help this team at the quarterback position. McCown could get picked up at some point for a QB desperate team, but this could also be the end of his NFL career.
LB Aaron Tevis
Tevis was hurt by his being hurt and missing time in camp. He did not have enough time to impress the coaching staff. Obviously the team had seen enough to dismiss him as a possible contributor in 2012.
C Brian Folkerts
Folkerts wasn't going to earn a starting spot over Brian de la Puente, but he could have earned a roster spot over Matt Tennant. Or at least he could have if he had displayed enough ability to play the position. He obviously did not, hence the reason he was cut.
TE Jake Byrne
Jake Byrne had a hard road to climb with five other good tight ends on the roster. The rookie from Wisconsin ultimately did not do enough to prove he deserved a roster spot over any of them. He was the only tight end rid of in this wave of cuts.
S Johnny Thomas
Thomas came in as one of three undrafted safeties. Jose Gumbs and Jerico Nelson outplayed him, so there's little surprise that Thomas would be the first one cut. Those two have to feel better about their chances to make the final roster now.
WR Derek Moye
Though talented, Moye never proved he could beat out the likes of Joe Morgan or Nick Toon. He simply did not do enough to earn a spot above them.
OG Paul Fenaroli
Much like each of these players, Fenaroli faced long odds to make the squad headed into camp. He simply did not do enough in camp to earn that opportunity.
OT Hutch Eckerson
Eckerson was another long shot to make the final roster, though he got his opportunities to play in the preseason. He was a member of the second-team offensive line which struggled the last few games to keep Chase Daniel upright.
DE Donavan Robinson
By far the most surprising cut on this list. Robinson showed signs of brilliance in camp and looked to be a player who could provide a pass rush for the team. At the end of the day the team likely did not see him anchoring the line of scrimmage against the run, and thus determined they already had a better one-dimensional defensive end in Martez Wilson.
WR Kevin Hardy
Hardy was another long shot to make the squad, especially at a position of such depth for this team. Hardy did little to stand out in his brief time in New Orleans.
CB Kamaal McIlwain
McIlwain never was able to jump ahead on a deep cornerback depth chart including six players who could legitimately make the final squad.
DT Swanson Miller
Miller was supposed to get through these cuts as he showed some promise in the preseason. But the Saints decided they have better players at the position.
CB Cord Parks
After being cut once earlier in camp, Parks actually looked like he was headed for making it through this first round of cuts. He was playing well in preseason games. But ultimately the Saints' depth at the position prohibited him from making the team.
WR Marques Clark
Clark was a guy no one expected much out of, but some were hopeful. He saw limited time in the preseason and did little to earn a spot. And that is why he did not make it.