Through two preseason games, rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills and 'redshirt' rookie Nick Toon have gotten plenty of on-field. Both have played well in their opportunity.
Through two preseason games, Stills has five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Toon has five receptions for 122 yards.
Their effort was good enough for the Saints to release veterans Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton on Monday.
Both Breaston and Crayton were brought in to provide veteran depth, but with the emergence of the two youngsters, Coach Payton felt now was the time to make a change.
"Both of them are picking things up fairly quickly and getting acclimated to what we are doing," said Payton. "It's that natural progression that takes place over eight years and it's continuing to develop younger players so that they are ready when that opportunity comes up."
For Stills though, the recent roster reductions are of no concern to him. He knows he still has a long way to go and his focus remains the same.
"That's not something we're supposed to pay attention to, "said Stills. "I hope and pray that I'm doing my job and I can be a part of this team."