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Predicting the Saints 53-Man Roster: Final Edition

The Saints have already begun the process of cutting down their roster to the league mandated 53 players and today we should find out the rest. Yesterday it was learned that Bobby McCray, Patrick Ramsey Nick Leckey, Kendrick Clancy and Ladell Betts (maybe Chip Vaughn?) were all released from the team while Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram were placed on the reserve PUP list, meaning they do not count toward the 53-man total and are unable to play the first six weeks. 

With sixteen or so players still left to eliminate, I have decided to release my updated prediction of the Saints final 53-man roster going into week one of the regular season.

Honestly, I've got to pat myself on the back because there isn't much change from my first guess made a week-and-a-half ago. In fact, everyone who has been released during mandatory cut downs was already accounted for on my original roster prediction with the exception of Troy Evans and Ladell Betts. They have subsequently been replaced by DeShawn Wynn and Junior Galette in this edition. I also had to replace Sharper and Ingram temporarily, and have done so by including Tory Humphrey and Anthony Waters. Other than that, the rest remains exactly the same.

Go ahead and let me know what you think about my revised roster assumption. 

[Edited, 09/04/10 9:07 AM CDT ]


Position Player Player Player Player Player Player
QB Drew Brees Chase Daniel
RB Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush Chris Ivory DeShawn Wynn
FB Heath Evans
WR Marques Colston Robert Meachem Lance Moore Devery Henderson Adrian Arrington Courtney Roby
TE Jeremy Shockey David Thomas Jimmy Graham Tory Humphrey
C Jonathan Goodwin Matt Tennant
G Jahri Evans Carl Nicks Terrence Metcalf
T Jermon Bushrod Jon Stinchcomb Zach Strief Charles Brown



Position Player Player Player Player Player Player
DE Will Smith Anthony Hargrove Alex Brown Jeff Charleston Junior Galette
DT Sedrick Ellis Remi Ayodele Al Woods Jimmy Wilkerson
LB Jonathan Vilma Scott Shanle Jonathan Casillas Jo-Lonn Dunbar Marvin Mitchell Anthony Waters
CB Jabari Greer Tracy Porter Randall Gay Patrick Robinson
SS Roman Harper Pierson Prioleau Chris Reis
FS Malcolm Jenkins Usama Young


Special Teams

Position Player
Kicker Garrett Hartley
Punter Thomas Morstead
Long Snapper Jason Kyle



Won't Make the Cut

QB - Patrick Ramsey, Sean Canfield - To make room for players at other positions - like wide receiver, linebacker and safety - who also play an important part on special teams, I think the Saints might only keep two quarterbacks on the active roster. After Saturday night's performance, Daniel is the trendy pick for the backup spot; who am I to disagree. Canfield probably gets called back for the practice squad. 

RB - Ladell Betts - This has already been confirmed 

FB - Zak KeaseyJason McKie - The Saints have always only carried one fullback on the roster. Heath Evans is still that one. 

WR - Montez Billings - The odd man out.  

TE - Tyler Lorenzen - Supposedly confirmed. 

T - Na'Shan Goddard, Jermey Parnell - These two making the team would really surprise me. 

G - Brandon CarterTim Duckworth - When Carl Nicks was demoted last week from the one's, it was Terrence Metcalf who replaced him. I had to give him the nod for the final 53 over Carter and Duckworth.

C - Nick Leckey - Confirmed.

DE - Bobby McCray - McCray's cut has already been confirmed.

DT - DeMario PressleyJay Ross - Pressley didn't make the final cut last pre-season. Hopefully the Saints have improved enough at the position for that to still hold true. As for Jay Ross, I honestly don't know really know very much about him. 

LB - Stanley ArnouxHarry Coleman - Even though I picture the Saints keeping seven linebackers this season, these three guys still don't make the cut. Disappointing in Arnoux's case but maybe he's practice squad material. 

CB - Leigh TorrenceDanny GorrerReggie Jones - Other than Torrence, I don't think this was a tough decision. If Patrick Robinson wasn't a first-round pick, things might be different. 

S - Chip Vaughn - The only safety not to make the roster, Vaughn hasn't shown enough this pre-season.