This past weekend was cut down day in the NFL. Teams had to trim their rosters down to 53 players and then sign an 8-man practice squad. The Saints had some gutsy cuts in letting go three of their draft picks, including 4th round RB Antonio Pittman, who lost his spot to UDFA RB Pierre Thomas. Pittman played well, but Thomas brings more to the team with his speed, pass-catching ability and special teams play. Pittman, who was picked up off waivers by the Rams, ran hard but struggled picking up rushers and doesn't contribute much on special teams. The move only came as a surprise since the Saints traded up in the 4th round to select Pittman. However, Sean Payton is proving that he will keep the best players on the team, regardless of how they were acquired and Thomas was the better of the rookie running backs.
Other draft picks cut were CB David Jones (5th round) and LB Marvin Mitchell (7th round). Jones was picked up on waivers by the Bengals, while Mitchell was signed to the Saints practice squad. The Saints also let go QB Tyler Palko, but he also signed with the practice squad.
The biggest head scratcher when looking over the Saints opening day roster is the five TEs who made the team. The Saints were forced to go with five due to injuries, mainly the injured Mark Campbell. This put them behind the eight-ball and forced them to part ways with some good players.
It goes to show that the Saints are now one of the elite teams though, when only four of their draft picks can make the team. The Saints are a deep, talented football team and credit goes to Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis for bringing in and keeping the best players.