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

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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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If Rufus makes it through waivers, would seem to be a prime candidate for practice squad</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No surprise at all..but undrafted rookie DT Glenn Foster also makes Saints 53 man roster. It&#39;s a large class of undrafted rookies on the 53.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints keep 5 RB&#39;s (Thomas, Ingram, Sproles, Cadet, Robinson) cut all players Rob Ryan labeled as &quot;his guys&quot; (Richardson, Leonhard &amp; Carr)</p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints only kept five WRs. Makes you wonder if they&#39;re targeting someone else who&#39;s been cut.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints undrafted rookies on 53: ILB Kevin Reddick, RB Khiry Robinson, DT Glenn Foster, TE Josh Hill, G Tim Lelito, CB Rod Sweeting. Wow.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> keep Jonathan Vilma on 53-man roster, a good sign they expect him back from injury soon. Kept 6 ILBs, only 3 ILBs (R.Johnson cut).</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Beginning now, teams can pickup players cut by other teams. Players not poached can be added to Practice Squad tomorrow.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan entered w/5 of &quot;his guys&quot; - Saints start season w/0 of &quot;his guys&quot;&#10;Butler &amp; Coleman injured&#10;Richardson, Carr, Leonhard cut&#10;<a href=";src=hash">#SaintsD</a></p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jeremiah Warren was also cut, but Saints official release doesn&#39;t have him listed.</p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@CSCtweet) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The most likely practice squad guys among the cuts: OLB Rufus Johnson, QB Ryan Griffin, WR Saalim Hakim, S Jerico Nelson</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>
OK, Doug. I'll consider this your prediction, and put it in the contest.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints keep only 3 OLB&#39;s -&#10;2 never played snap in preseason (Galette and Wilson)&#10;1 just arrived &#10;(Haralson)&#10;<a href=";src=hash">#SaintsD</a> &#10;<a href="">@wdsu</a></p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ten rookies make the <a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; final 53-man roster.Club keeps 6 ILBs &amp; 5 RBs.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>starting tomorrow, all <a href="">@NFL</a> teams may establish a practice squad of up to 8 players</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I said this earlier. The <a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> roster isn&#39;t done. Team will look through waiver wire before team is set.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hard work does pay off!</p>&mdash; Roderick Sweeting (@Rsweeting_6) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>With a name like Rod Sweeting, one is destined for stardom.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So, on final tally, I missed only 5 players on the final 53. Probably not that good considering so many spots are set early.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just got off the phone w: <a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> WR Andy Tanner: &quot;Today was definitely one of the longest days of my life. I was... <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks to everyone who believed in me, I&#39;m overwhelmed by the support from whodat nation. Excited for the season to get started! <a href=";src=hash">#whodat</a></p>&mdash; Andy Tanner (@andytanner14) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Courtney Roby was a great team mate. Helped <a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> win Superbowl 44 and big part of our success. NFL cut day is the worst...</p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> have 15 players who are either rookies or 2nd yr players on the 53 man roster. The delicate balance between competing &amp; reloading.</p>&mdash; Joe Casale (@sportsJC16) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jets will announce 8-8:30 pm RT <a href="">@NFL_ATL</a> By unofficial count: 27 teams have announced cuts. 5 to go. Last team wins public shaming. <a href=";src=hash">#nyj</a></p>&mdash; Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;<a href="">@alexpietrogallo</a>: Of the 53 players on the Saints final roster, 10 are rookies. <a href=";src=hash">#YouthMovement</a>&quot; ..called necassary salary cap movement</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Emotions of Cut day AND Coug are opening up!?! My emotions are on an all time high.&#10;&#10;Plus Cougs Look GOOD&#10;<a href=";src=hash">#GoCougs</a> <a href=";src=hash">#BeatAuburn</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>They&#39;re going to let me announce, commentate AND appear in the battle royal to close the show. BOOM. <a href=";src=hash">#indywrestling</a></p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Here is football: |-|&#10;Here is life:|-----------------------------------|&#10;<a href=";src=hash">#NFLcutDay</a>&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>S/o To My Brother From Another <a href="">@MartezWilson95</a> ...Just CuZ...</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sumn bout that deuce deuce!! &#10;<a href=";src=hash">#RollTide</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="">September 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You can bet I picked up <a href="">@andytanner14</a> in my fantasy league! <a href=";src=hash">#mustangpride</a> <a href=";src=hash">#gomsu</a></p>&mdash; Dylan Sapata (@dylansapata) <a href="">August 31, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@davidthomas_85</a>: Proud of <a href="">@andytanner14</a> for making <a href="">@Saints</a> roster. example of hard work &amp; perseverance. Easy to root for him... &#10;Agreed&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="">September 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href=";src=hash">#ROLLTIDE</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="">September 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href=";src=hash">#Saints</a> 53-Man Roster (PDFs):&#10;Alphabetical: <a href=""></a>&#10;Numerical: <a href=""></a>&#10;Positional: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="">September 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tcu&#39;s all black uni&#39;s are too icy</p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="">September 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

Roster Roulette

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