The New Orleans Saints on Monday cut veteran wide receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton and backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, and they waived five other players: cornerback A.J. Davis (injured), wide receiver Jarred Fayson, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Chase Thomas and defensive back Dion Turner.
They also placed on injured reserve defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who had suffered a torn pectoral muscle, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. The move officially ends the season for Coleman, who was once a projected starter and had remained on the active roster despite his injury.
News broke that Wallace was cut late Monday morning. The rest of the moves appeared on the transaction wire Monday afternoon.
The Saints have until Aug. 27 to reduce their roster to 75 players. After Monday’s transactions, 80 players remained on the Saints’ active roster.
The release of Breaston and Crayton indicates that the Saints are pleased with receivers such as Nick Toon, Kenny Stills and Preston Parker.
Toon, a fourth-round pick in 2012, leads the Saints in receiving yards with 122 on five catches, an average of 24.4 yards a reception. His 56-yard reception in the 28-20 win against the Oakland Raiders on Friday is the longest catch for the Saints so far.
Stills, a fifth-round draft pick this year, has five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown from a Drew Brees pass against the Raiders. Sixty-four of Stills’ yards and four of his catches came against Oakland.
Preston Parker, who spent three seasons in Tampa Bay before joining New Orleans this year, had 73 yards on six catches in the first two preseason games and caught a pair of touchdowns from backup quarterback Luke McCown in the 17-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 9.
Toon, Stills and Parker have emerged following the Saints’ losing No. 3 receiver candidate Joe Morgan for the year to a torn meniscus and a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament at the Black and Gold scrimmage Aug. 3.
Crayton, signed Aug. 12, had one catch for 31 yards against the Raiders. Breaston, signed Aug. 5, had one catch for 4 yards.
Morgan remained on the active roster Monday despite his injury. Outside linebacker Victor Butler, who tore an ACL at organized team activities in June and is expected to be out for the season, was still on the physically unable to perform list Monday and occupied one of the 80 roster spots, too.
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