Saints News-September 1: Six UDFA Rookies Make Final Roster

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The Saints and the rest of the league had to bring their rosters down to 53 players by 6:00 pm Eastern yesterday, and the action was fast and furious, with a few surprises for some Saints fans.

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New Orleans Saints finalize 53-man roster | NOLA.com
Larry Holder (with Trip and Kat) - Wide receiver Andy Tanner makes 53-man roster; former Tulane QB Ryan Griffin, special teamer Courtney Roby among cuts.

New Orleans Saints keep Andy Tanner, Jonathan Vilma, release Courtney Roby | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Saints hang on to running back Khiry Robinson, five other undrafted rookie free agents.

Observations from New Orleans Saints roster cuts: six undrafted rookies, only three outside linebackers | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Could current roster signal that Saints will use more 4-3 schemes than expected this year?

Saints release Roby, Richardson in two surprises to get to 53-man roster | wwltv.com
Handwerger - For the third time in four seasons, the Saints released the previous season’s special teams captain.

Three thoughts: Saints appear to be thin at outside linebacker | wwltv.com
Handwerger - Three thoughts on Saints initial 53-man roster (we call it initial because it may or may not be final depending on waiver wire moves).

Courtney Roby among cuts as Saints trim roster to 53 | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Special teams captain released as club trims roster to 53.

Courtney Roby, Preston Parker let go as New Orleans Saints trim roster to 53-man limit | neworleanssaints.com
Jay Richardson, Baraka Atkins also let go.

New Orleans Saints Roster as of August 31, 2013 | neworleanssaints.com
PDFs of the latest New Orleans Saints Roster

Andy Tanner finally sticks on New Orleans Saints roster | neworleanssaints.com
John DeShazier - Wide receiver had been involved in 33 transactions.

New Orleans Saints cut-down analysis - New Orleans Saints Blog | ESPN.com
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Ladies and Gentlemen…Your 2013 New Orleans Saints | whodatsocialclub.com
I’ve been frantically working trying to spruce this place up in time for the season opener.

Stoking The Fire | saintswin.com
"Part of me is more cynical now." That was Sean Payton's response (in part), during a sideline interview before the Saints-Texans' preseason game on Sunday, when asked how he had changed as a person over the past year.

Saints Finalize Their 2013 53 Man Roster | thesaintsnation.com
Juge - A good bit of surprises as the Saints roster finalized today, at least until they tweak it with any waiver claims and additional pickups.

Rufus Johnson, Courtney Roby Among Notable Cuts | Who Dat Dish
Chris Roling - The New Orleans Saints cut down their roster to just 53 men like the rest of the teams in the league on Saturday, and there were some expected moves, but also some surprising ones.

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Source: Jonathan Vilma could return for Saints’ opener | The Advocate
Ramon A. Vargas knows a guy.

Chargers give up on ex-Saints WR Robert Meachem | Saints
Bernie Wilson - The San Diego Chargers released wide receiver Robert Meachem, whose signing in 2012 was a $14 million mistake by the A.J. Smith regime.

New Orleans Saints fare well in several preseason statistical categories | neworleanssaints.com
Thomas Morstead, Khiry Robinson among individual leaders.

#NFLRank: Drew Brees at No. 6 - New Orleans Saints Blog | ESPN.com
The final segment of #NFLRank is out and it includes the top 10 offensive and defensive players.

'Light the Night Walk' kickoff event held at New Orleans Saints facility | neworleanssaints.com
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society walk will take place Oct. 19 at Lafreniere Park

6-Day NFL Warning: The Lesson to Be Learned From J'Marcus Webb | Grantland.com
Robert Mays - This morning, the J’Marcus Webb era of my life officially came to a close.

Hypocrisy, Insanity, and Ed Reed: Football Is Back | Grantland.com
Andrew Sharp - There was this video a few weeks ago in which Antonio Smith was rushing Richie Incognito, tore off Incognito's helmet, and swung the helmet right into Incognito's face.

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