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Fleur-de-Links September 4, 2010 : Measure Twice, Cut Once

Or, in the case of Bobby McCray, cut twice.  

This afternoon's edition brings you the follow-ups to yesterday afternoon's fast and furious flurry of cuts, innuendos, reported cuts, and roster spots earned.  Sources were cited, news was confirmed, tweets were cited and retweeted, and Dave and all the other CSC correspondents and field agents kept up with it masterfully.  

Check out this CSC story that turned into a Roster Cut Open Thread of all the action.  And here's the CSC front-page bit on the PUP moves that leaked out Friday evening.

What you get this afternoon are the latest "official" reports from our usual suspects that will have to hold us over until the Saints make the official official announcement this afternoon, presumably just prior to the 3:00 pm EST deadline. You also have some player tweets, Saints-Wikes previews, NFL season previews, big King Cake for charity news, a review of 'Ain't Dat Super', and the lineup of famous chefs riding in the NFL Kickoff Parade (but there's no word on whether or not they'll be tossing appetizers to the crowd).  We also have Lance Moore and Robert Meachem on the TV boxes.

Enjoy and Happy First College Football Saturday to all!


JonVilma51 Gameweek baby!!! Playtime's over, time to go to work!!

jgoody76 Today is the worst day in the NFL. I hate this day. Alot of good players get let go. I wish everyone could stay!

usama_young28 Good morning... Time to get this good lift n run in. Get rid of some of this soreness

alexbrown96 Nerves are running wild today!!! The Coaching staff has to make some really tough decisions and cut some really good players.

GregBensel Sean and crew from the sean payton show taping first show on his new set...airs 9/8 at 1030 pm on Fox 8

bobbymccray Thanks to all the who dat fans for the support! Love yall!!!! My boy @alexbrown96 will take care of you..its been great.

T_Porter22 About to have dinner w/the team; to welcome in the new season and celebrate another #blessing...making an NFL roster!

MalcolmJenkins chillin wit Dem Boys... hanging out b4 we get locked in for the long haul of the season

LanceMoore16 RT @MsKSly10: Toledo looks TERRIBLE! What happened @LanceMoore16 ?!?! .....lemme guess - u not there no more lol....I'm not, lol

usama_young28 Over here at @MalcolmJenkins spot and we're crushin p-lo, @sharper42, p rob, and jg on this wii grand slam tennis... Who's next?

reggie_bush Man New Orleans has some of the craziest looking flying bugs I've ever seen! Some of these bugs shouldn't have wings! They look like birds!

JeremyShockey We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle

T_Porter22 @ the facility trying to better and get right for the season opener. Clock starts step @ a time.

T_Porter22 I gotta go w/ my Indiana Hoosiers big homie RT @jgoody76: let's get back to Michigan football today. go blue!!!!

LanceMoore16 Happy Saturday everyone. Hope today is a great one.


Roster Moves

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Press Conference Transcript |
In case you missed it yesterday evening, here's the transcript from Payton's brief press conference.  Try to count how many non-answers he gives (hint: you'll need to take off your shoes and socks).

Galette, Young make Saints roster; McCray, Ramsey cut | | Eye on Black and Gold
Bobby McCray, Patrick Ramsey and Nick Leckey are out. Chase Daniel, DeShawn Wynn and Usama Young are in. The Saints began making cuts to their roster Friday afternoon. Handwerger's report.

Sharper reportedly to PUP list | | Eye on Black and Gold
Darren Sharper has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list for five weeks now. He’ll remain there for six more. If these guys keep citing each other as sources, the echo chamber will get overwhelming...

Chase Daniel wins New Orleans Saints backup quarterback job |
Rookies Junior Galette, Chris Ivory reportedly also made 53-man roster. Nakia Hogan runs down the "reported" status of the roster, heading into the official release of the released names this afternoon.

Undrafted rookie Junior Galette excited about making New Orleans Saints roster |
He was one of the surprises of training camp. A Friday evening quickie from Nakia Hogan on the roster ripples we felt yesterday.

New Orleans Saints Final 53-Man Roster Projection |
BA-W takes a shot at the final roster using all he learned on Friday afternoon. I thought this little nugget was interesting - "It is believed Saints officials are still trying to upgrade their roster at outside linebacker via a trade and using one of their own players as trade bait, league sources told on Friday." Hmmm. Last time we read something like this, JB was soon a Redskin.


The Road to the Super Bowl Starts in New Orleans

Favre, Saints to help NFL kickoff its regular season  |
D. Orlando Ledbetter. All the exhibition games and the bizarre experimentation sessions around the NFL are over. We can close the cover on that book for this season.

Vikings-Saints video preview |
Hosting video from  If it seems famiiiar, that's because SaintsChick posted this a couple hours ago as a Fanshot. news: Packers, Chargers fit profile of Super Bowl champions

There are many characteristics of a Super Bowl contender, and these teams best fit that profile. Michael Lombardi's predictions based on said profile. I've said this once, and I'll say it again - We Don't Mind Making History.

Saints poised for a repeat or retreat? - Inside the NFL -

David J. Neal - - Of course, they have kept the party going. And the NFL plans to help carry it right up to this year's opening kickoff between the Saints and Minnesota with a parade through the French Quarter. 

Sean Payton makes the rounds, maintains focus for New Orleans Saints |
Pete Finney - Coach leading pep rally today at Champions Square.

Kickoff Only Six Days Away -
A look at the "worst-to-first" phenomenon of the NFL in the 2000s.



Roethlisberger news not great for Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Although the New Orleans Saints are focused on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, I'm sure there at least had to be some disappointment. Pat Y., you are wrong. Satch was expecting this.

Saints And Haydel's To Fight Breast Cancer |
Anyone going to get a piece of this history-making event?

'Ain't Dat Super' captures the true whodat spirit |
This unique theatrical and tailgating experience takes the feeling of Saints victory to the stage. Bradley Troll reviews the play taking the WhoDat Nation by storm.

Emeril Lagasse among New Orleans chefs who will ride in NFL Kickoff Parade |
Seven floats, eight local marching bands also will take part. Mark Lorando, T-P television writer.


V-Roll Roll Call

Robert Meachem on his game against Tennessee

Lance Moore on getting ready for the opener