NFL Cuts 2010: New Orleans Saints Transactions
Every season, the same questions rise up concerning roster position battles for each team.
Veterans and rookies alike fight for a spot on the roster.
Then, when the NFL cut day comes, as many people are cut necessary to create a 53-man team.
The roster then takes form, as second-string and starting-position battles are revealed to the world.
Although there were very few starting-position battles on the Saints team, there were quite a few heated competitions for backup roles.
The main question for the Saints was the backup role to quarterback Drew Brees. Would Patrick Ramsey or Chase Daniel win a position to learn under the Super Bowl MVP?
The answers are clear now...
Jonathan Casillas on IR
In 2009, the Saints acquired an undrafted linebacker named Jonathan Casillas out of Wisconsin. They let him compete for a job on the roster and he won a spot.
He looked good on defense and on special teams, making tackles and recovering onside kicks.
But he was plagued by injury last season, missing much of the season. This preseason, things started to look better for the linebacker until he injured his foot in the last preseason game against the Titans.
On Saturday, he was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. this is not very good news for the Saints because they are already thin as it is. I guess this means backup Jo-Lonn Dunbar will now be in a starting role.
Ladell Betts Cut
Ladell Betts was recently picked up by the Saints to fight for the power running back position that was recently up for grabs with the Saints.
Lynell Hamilton and P.J. Hill both received season-ending injuries, making the spot a necessity.
Ladell Betts was one of the favorites to win the job.
But he did not meet the expectations fans had created.
His release means that the power running back role has been won by Chris Ivory.
After watching this hard-hitting back, I think it is clear Ivory has quite a future in the NFL.
The Saints made the right choice on this one.
Bobby McCray Cut
Earlier in the offseason, defensive end Bobby McCray was released by the New Orleans Saints, a very surprising move. But once space was available they picked him up to let him compete for his old job.
He had a productive offseason where he did do rather well. But in the final preseason game, rookie Junior Gallette truly impressed the Saints.
He made great tackles and put pressure on the QB. He looked like a seasoned veteran.
The position was up for grabs but the release of McCray means a roster spot for Junior Gallette, who is the better option.
The Saints made the right choice on this one, too.
Darren Sharper, Clint Ingram Placed on Physically Unable To Perform
After the 2009 season, Sharper became an unrestricted free agent. His status was up in the air, and no one knew whether the Saints would utilize him once more, or let him go to another team.
When nobody would give Sharper an offer, the Saints signed him in May.
During the offseason he had surgery on his left knee to repair it. The healing process took a longer time than was expected, which led to him being placed on the PUP list.
He will probably miss the first six games of the season, but he still won't be 100 percent anytime soon after that.
Sharper's absence will damage the Saints secondary.
Clint Ingram was supposed to come into New Orleans and heat up the linebacker competition. He is a proven play maker who did very well in Jacksonville.
He was supposed to possibly replace Scott Fujita, the previous starting Saints linebacker for four seasons. But Ingram also had surgery on on his right knee, which did not heal fast enough.
Therefore, he will most nearly half the season with this nagging injury.
Both of these injuries do not bode well for the Saints defense.
Patrick Ramsey Cut; Chase Daniel Is The Backup
The main battle of the Saints offseason was the fight for the backup role to superstar quarterback Drew Brees.
Veteran Patrick Ramsey and youngster Chase Daniel played to the best of their abilities all preseason. Both truly did have successful preseason, with a few bumps here and there.
They both showed great leadership skills and good accuracy. They led their team to multiple scoring drives.
They both proved that they could be the backup QB. This is the reason no one knew the answer to the question. Will the Saints pick Ramsey or Daniel?
It turns out they chose Chase Daniel. Personally, I agreed with the decision. Under Drew Brees, the young quarterback can be molded into a great QB.
As was the case with Aaron Rodgers, if you put a young QB under a top-notch veteran QB from the start of his career, he is usually successful when the veteran retires.
This is the same for Chase Daniel. In a few years. when Drew Brees retires, I think we will have a very good quarterback waiting to replace the huge shoes.
Chase Daniel may just be the future face of the New Orleans Saints.