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Deke: The Cajun Cannon is shocked that Saints cut Champ

The New Orleans Saints have made roster cuts and the Black and Gold’s 53 man roster is set.  Some of the more notable cuts the Saints made included that of letting go future Hall of Fame player Champ Bailey. “I’m kind of shocked they cut Bailey.  I don’t think the Saints had four Corner Backs that are better than Champ Bailey.  No way,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.  Although Bailey did not participate during most of training camp, Hebert is still very surprised that the veteran CB did not make the Saints roster.

New Orleans is now a team that does not have a Kicker.  After neither Kicker could lay claim to the job, the Saints released both Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke today.  Both Dimke and Graham had their good moments during Saints Training Camp, neither looked consistent and neither could win the job.

“I thought all along that the Saints Kicker this season might not be on the roster right now.  And that’s what happened.  I do think that the Saints have a plan and they have a guy that they will be able to get in here to kick.”

At Wide Receiver the Saints cut veteran WR Robert Meachum.  The Cajun Cannon thinks in a way that could mean good news for the position.  “By releasing Meachum, to me, that says that WR Kenny Stills is not that hurt.  If Stills had been seriously hurt, again in my own opinion, I think that the Saints may have kept Meachum.”

Bobby also added that WR Nick Toon, who was the Saints fifth WR last season, was not active on many Saints game days.  Because the Saints always have three Tight Ends active on game day, the Saints will then wait to see which cut players clear waivers and then New Orleans will choose who will be on their practice squad. 

Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan was also surprised about Champ Bailey being cut.  “I thought in the times that he (Bailey) was practicing that he showed enough to be on this team.  Obviously the Saints feel confident with the players they kept.”

Hokie said that the next 48 hours will be key as all 32 NFL Teams and their scouting departments will be working overtime to try and fill up practice squads and see which other players they may want to sign to their active rosters.
“You can best believe that every team in this league and their front office is well aware of which players are on the open market.  I would think that the Saints have a Kicker in mind that they want to sign.”  Hokie said that now the real season begins and the Black and Gold start off with a big one next Sunday in Atlanta.

The Saints will open the 2014 season next Sunday in Atlanta as they take on the Falcons right on WWL 870AM/FM 105.3 and online at wwl.com.  For a complete list of all the Saints cuts stay log on to wwl.com

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08/30/2014 9:02PM
Deke: The Cajun Cannon is shocked that Saints cut Champ
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08/30/2014 9:50PM
I don't feel like Patrick Robinson or Corey White can fill the role. Very upset by release of Bailey
08/30/2014 10:11PM
No kicker
Hope next weeks game doesn't come down to a Field Goal with a New Kicker. SMH :/
08/31/2014 3:55AM
Very bold cuts
Since Sean Payton is one of the top 3 coaches in the NFL, I'm going to go ahead and trust his decision on these moves. Can't wait to see what he and Mickey have already figured out. I'm sure we"ll all be happy, happy, happy.
08/31/2014 12:19PM
No worries mate
Sean Payton and Mickey Lumis know what their doing. Let's just sit back and enjoy the ride.
08/31/2014 12:56PM
cut one of the most athletic safeties they had during training camp. Big play maker. There going to regret this as the season progress and safeties start going down
08/31/2014 1:02PM
can you say
Garrett Hartley
08/31/2014 3:36PM
No kicker needed!
The Saints should just go for all two point conversions! If there within the 35 just for it on 4th!
08/31/2014 6:17PM
Patrick Robinson
How long will the Saints groom Patrick Robinson?
08/31/2014 11:01PM
Roster Decisions?
Time will soon reveal whether or not they were wise.
09/01/2014 11:33AM
bring back Harley
Ibelieve Harley will perfom much better this season
09/01/2014 11:34AM
Good and Bad
I agree with Bobby and Hokie, Champ should be on this team. Big players show up in big games and just his experience is more than enough. Robinson better show up or we may be looking for more than just a kicker.
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