METAIRIE, La. — Saints coach Sean Payton has seen enough out of young receivers Nick Toon and Kenny Stills to know they’ll be all right.
Because of that, the Saints released two veteran receivers Monday – Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton.
Both were among nine roster moves New Orleans made eight days before the league mandates that rosters move to 75 players.
“The younger guys have done some good things,” Payton said. “(Marques) Colston is closer to being back. We’ll keep developing and work with the guys we have right now.”
Among the bevy of moves, New Orleans placed defensive end Kenyon Coleman on injured reserve, ending the veteran’s season after tearing a pectoral muscle early in training camp, while also terminating the contract of veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace.
Rookie cornerback A.J. Davis was waived/injured while receiver Jarred Fayson, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Chase Thomas and cornerback Dion Turner were waived.
For both Breaston and Crayton, their time with the Saints isn’t necessarily finished. Payton said having veteran players in camp helps the team vet possibilities for the season should something arise.
“There are certain guys you bring in and you want to look at and make sure they’ve got an idea of what you do offensively and then possibly during the season if something should arise, then they’re a player that you could potentially sign and they know exactly the system,” Payton said.
But it’s still a sign that Payton is confident in what the two youngsters can do.
“There’s a number of little things they’ve got to work on that you see on tape that will probably be harder to see than the live TV feed,” Payton said. “But both are picking things up fairly quickly and getting acclimated to what we’re doing.”