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This may be a controversial one.
Vilma should've had his name included on the list of cuts. At 31 years old, Vilma is injury prone and a possible bad fit in a 3-4 scheme. Once known as a smart, athletic and agile linebacker, Vilma now seems be lacking in the athletic department. To complicate matters, Humber, Hawthorne and Reddick were three of the better players this preseason.
All three play Vilma's position of inside linebacker. If you add in Curtis Lofton—the best inside linebacker on the roster—the Saints have four very capable linebackers comprising a position that only uses two players on base downs.
In addition, Vilma originally came to the Saints via a trade with the New York Jets after they switched to a very similar scheme under new coach Eric Mangini. Saints coordinator Ryan was once a coordinator under Mangini running this same scheme!
Vilma is also dealing with a knee injury that held him out the entire preseason, although it's been reported that he will possibly return for the opener against Atlanta.
To me, all that does is delay the progress of a couple of young and explosive players in Humber and Reddick. The future is now, and Vilma is the past.
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