All NFL teams are required to cut rosters down from 90 to 75 players by 4pm EST. As such, the Saints have begun by releasing seven players, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate. Thus far, the Saints have released:
Nick Toon, WR
Lance Lewis, WR
R.J. Harris, WR
Erik Lorig, FB
Ronald Powell, LB
Chris Young, LB
Markus Pierce-Brewster, DE
David Hunter, DT
Antonio Johnson, OT
Cole Manhart, OL
Terrence Frederick, CB
LB Anthony Spencer, S Vinnie Sunseri, and CB P.J. Williams have all been placed on injured reserve. Meanwhile Jalen Saunders was traded to the Patriots early this morning for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.
The release of former Buccaneer Erik Lorig suggests Austin Johnson will be the Saints FB this season, and I liked big man Antonio Johnson when he bulldozed a defender on that Murphy TD in week 1 of the preseason. I can't tell you anything about Lewis, Powell, and Young - probably why they're on this list.
#Saints have waived undrafted rookie DE Markus Pierce-Brewster, per source.— Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) September 1, 2015
Rookie DE Markus Pierce-Brewster (West Texas A&M, same as KRob) released, according to Evan Woodbery.
#Saints release Nick Toon per source— Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric) September 1, 2015
It appears wide receiver Nick Toon's time has finally come. He has been released by the Saints, according to Kristian Garic.
First of the CB casualties this season, according to Aaron Wilson.
#Saints are waiving undrafted rookie receiver R.J. Harris, per source.— Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) September 1, 2015
R.J. Harris released, according to Evan Woodbery.
#Saints have waived DT David Hunter, per source.— Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) September 1, 2015
DT David Hunter released, according to Evan Woodbery.
#Saints have waived undrafted rookie OL Cole Manhart, per source.— Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) September 1, 2015
OL Cole Manhart waived, according to Evan Woodbery.
3 moves left for Saints to get to 75.
*Stay tuned for more updates as they become available*