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I don’t often use “WTF” in my every day text and tweet vocabulary, but today the Saints made a move that forced me to go back on my longstanding promise to myself and the rest of the world to avoid Leet speak. The Saints, who already parted ways with three of their seven rookies at roster cuts, went a step further today by cutting sixth-round rookie Boston Scott. Boston Scott is a running back out of Louisiana Tech and was a fan favorite among this year’s class. Including those of us over at ASC. Scott is a playmaker that, with the ball in his hands, was a promising asset to the Saints threatening, but hindered backfield.
With Mark Ingram suspended and Boston Scott and Trey Edmunds waived. The Saints currently only have two running backs on the roster in Alvin Kamara and newly signed Mike Gillislee. The cut of Scott seemingly corresponds with today’s signing of OL Michael Ola, which continues to raise flags around Andrus Peat’s currently undisclosed health issue- and beyond that, the rest of the offensive line. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Safety JT Gray remains on the roster as the fifth option. Seems to me that if you’re going to make room for an extra offensive lineman due to an injury along the starting five, you wouldn’t vacate your offensive weaponry when you have more safeties than you need for week 1. According to Nick Underhill, the Saints hope for Scott to land on the practice squad if he clears waivers – which from my perspective is unlikely. But, why risk a potential special teams and offensive playmaker clearing waivers when you could drop a safety that no one’s heard of and add him to the practice squad?
Considered one of the sleepers of the Saints draft, Scott left Louisiana Tech with 2,147 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns and looked to be the backup option to Alvin Kamara. During the preseason he shined in the Rams game picking up 68 yards and a touchdown on the ground off of 12 carries and also had a touchdown through the air against the Chargers. He was average 26.9 yards on seven kick returns as well. The only rookies remaining on the Saints roster right now are Marcus Davenport, Tre’Quan Smith, and LSU’s Will Clapp. Safe to say that the three of them aren’t likely to head anywhere as Davenport and Smith have been the most standout rookies so far and Clapp is providing youth and flexibility at our apparently decrepit offensive line.
I don’t often question the decisions of the Saints front office and perhaps all will become clear soon, but right now I’m looking at this move and wondering, “WTF is going on?”