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Fleur-de-Links August 29, 2010: Laying Low in the Final Week of Preseason

Hi there. Yesterday, the Saints had the day off, so today it's probably weight lifting and film study from the Chargers game, and then tomorrow they'll start practicing for the preseason finale Thursday against the Titans.

So where does that leave us? It leaves us with a run-down of the week's notable dates, a few more wrap-up stories from Friday's game, some final 53-man roster guesses, reflections on Katrina, and a column by Peter Finney.

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Before you get into the links, let me just brief you on the significant dates for this concluding and culminating week of the 2010 preseason.

Tuesday, August 31 - All teams must trim their rosters to 75 players. This date is not so significant to the Saints, since Payton dropped the axe last week. According to a manual head count I did at the roster page of the Saints official team site, our roster sits at 74 actives, with an additional three on the Injured Reserve (Lynell Hamilton, P.J. Hill, and Marcus Mallei), and two more on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list (Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram).

Thursday, September 2 - New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans. Final night of preseason games for all teams. Last chance for bubble players to make a statement, state a case, make a mark, show that they belong, or whatever other turn of phrase floats your boat in regard to a player making the squad.

Saturday, September 4 - Rosters must be reduced to 53 for the regular season. Teams can put eight more men on the practice squad, providing they clear the waiver wire. In 2007, we kept PT and tried to pass Antonio Pittman through waivers and bring him back on the practice squad, but the Rams grabbed him up. That ended up working out ok for us.

Thursday, September 9 - Do I even need to say what happens here?

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JeremyShockey The secret to my life is not advice!! Gnight

drewbrees Spent some time on Tennessee St in Upper Ninth Ward at Make It Right location today. They're doing some great things for New Orleans #fb

jeffduncantp Vilma tweeted last night that he would be ready for Vikings game. Otherwise, you're not going to get anything from the #Saints on a day off.

Pierre_Thomas great game last night - shout out to our rb chris ivory for an outstanding game....time to chill and enjoy the day off

GoSaintsNation Good news on Zach Strief. The knee is fine

jeffduncantp Good to hear. RT @RalphCindrich: Report on #Saints #Tackle Zach Strief's knee last night was that it was not serious @jeffduncantp #NFL

JeremyShockey What a lazy day!!!

SI_PeterKing RT @tlp2626: Thoughts on Chris Ivory? ... Bad news for PThomas trying to get rich deal; another example of useable backs being dime a dozen.

robyslyfe The nites after games r so crucial, once ur body finally settles down u feel every hit x2..but victories makes it worth the feel'n..Who Dat!

Saints-Chargers Final Look-Backs (or Looks-Back) | Saints | Saints Notebook for August 28, 2010
Special teams improve, still have far to go. Les East | Saints | Ready for prime time
Saints skill players sharp in 36-21 win over Chargers. Sheldon Mickles

Roster Ruminations

On The Bubble: Saints DE Galette thinks he missed opportunity against Chargers
B A-W's spotlight on Galette's chances of making the team. Includes Walsh's latest 53-man roster guesses. | Saints | Mickles: How Saints roster might shake out
Sheldon Mickles takes a swing at hitting the final 53-man roster out of the park.

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory taking nothing for granted |
Sean Payton: 'He's a work in progress'. Nakia Hogan

Katrina Reflections

New Orleans Saints players revisit Katrina season of misery |
Devery Henderson, Will Smith, Jon Stinchcomb share memories of uncertainty, conditions, losing. Triplett | Saints | Saints take amazing journey after Katrina devastates community
What a remarkable journey it has been. Les East

Lagniappe, Pete Finney-Style

Drew Brees, turnover-creating defense are New Orleans Saints' keys to Super Bowl repeat |
Giving up big play again will haunt defense. Pete Finney

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