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Saints News, 8/21/14: Saints Waive Four Players

The Saints made four early roster cuts today, even though they aren't required to scale down the roster to 75 until Tuesday. They released running back Timothy Flanders, tight end Je’Ron Hamm, receiver Tobais Palmer and outside linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe. The roster now stands at 86 players.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> make four early roster cuts <a href="http://t.co/7RVcLKTcid">http://t.co/7RVcLKTcid</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502541858073882624">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Updated with comments from Drew Brees on Thursday: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Brees looking sharp, &#39;ready to go&#39; vs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> <a href="http://t.co/WDPZDdRuJb">http://t.co/WDPZDdRuJb</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL">@espnnfl</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502537113884057600">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What did Sean say after closed practice session. Tune in here <a href="http://t.co/Id7G42dd0O">http://t.co/Id7G42dd0O</a></p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC/statuses/502532410559721472">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>9 to 88 last night at practice. WORK! <a href="http://t.co/b6TQXuAbT1">http://t.co/b6TQXuAbT1</a></p>&mdash; Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nick2oon/statuses/502529160095731714">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees said he is shaving his goatee before Saturday&#39;s game <a href="http://t.co/aG5xcJ9Mie">pic.twitter.com/aG5xcJ9Mie</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502526356388085760">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Arredondo: Saints playing inside Saturday night, but chance for storms outside in Indy! <a href="http://t.co/tVJdhBBgQk">pic.twitter.com/tVJdhBBgQk</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/502523733609697280">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My flying guys back in Florida sent me this. Haha &quot;The inflight reading material is pretty sweet on this flight.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/O5GAcBwErw">pic.twitter.com/O5GAcBwErw</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/502521988725108736">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Photos from today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> practice: <a href="http://t.co/QB3Zk9ggfg">http://t.co/QB3Zk9ggfg</a> <a href="http://t.co/1rfGKL6CyC">pic.twitter.com/1rfGKL6CyC</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502521336313675776">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said kicker competition is ongoing battle.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/502519699373301761">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton: we will see how Cooks feels (illness) and then decide on if he will play Saturday</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/502519188921909248">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: Colts are young roster that have played well &amp; have high expectations</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/502519366814953472">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bailey, PRob both did team drills. Cooks did some individuals but no team drills. Payton said &quot;we&#39;ll see&quot; if Cooks plays. Hydration is key.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/502519130449522688">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton on whether <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Cooks will play: We&#39;ll see. Feeling better. Need to keep him hydrated.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502519077160890368">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> S Marcus Ball a new absence from practice Thursday. Not sure why</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502518567238385664">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My sister is teasing me with all the pics she got last night. Lucky! Looking good <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodat?src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="http://t.co/gwOKVxq8SK">pic.twitter.com/gwOKVxq8SK</a></p>&mdash; Carol DeBrock (@Carol_Anne15) <a href="https://twitter.com/Carol_Anne15/statuses/502506062856331264">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> practice today was all prep for Saturdays <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> game. A lot of walkthrough, 1s vs 2s, etc. Transitioning out of camp mode</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502518200723320832">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> LB Victor Butler and CB Rod Sweeting did some conditioning work off to side with trainers, an increase for both of them</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502517931260260352">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> G Ben Grubbs was also back in pads after missing last couple days with injury</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502517660761223168">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Exclusive interviews with <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/D_Hawthorne57">@D_Hawthorne57</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/m2SXe29TTW">http://t.co/m2SXe29TTW</a> <a href="http://t.co/qRjh1Z5158">pic.twitter.com/qRjh1Z5158</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502494900286259202">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> D. Brees looking healthy &amp; NOT rusty during prax. Recovering from strained oblique. Talking w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett">@MikeTriplett</a> <a href="http://t.co/9ZVfO8BBO5">http://t.co/9ZVfO8BBO5</a></p>&mdash; Prim Siripipat (@ESPNPrim) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNPrim/statuses/502485288912834560">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s press conference from last night (video and quotes) <a href="http://t.co/jKyNB5elSS">http://t.co/jKyNB5elSS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/7IlyPulEGv">pic.twitter.com/7IlyPulEGv</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/502474119175491584">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Byrd eager to test back, mesh with Saints <a href="http://t.co/evI42URHDf">http://t.co/evI42URHDf</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/502470725002088449">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Brees has looked sharp in practice this week, &#39;ready to go&#39; vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> on Saturday night <a href="http://t.co/WDPZDe9DXj">http://t.co/WDPZDe9DXj</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL">@espnnfl</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/502468434865553409">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/JoshBrandfon">@JoshBrandfon</a>: Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> - challenge accepted! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CaptureTheU?src=hash">#CaptureTheU</a> <a href="http://t.co/3HRGu975K2">pic.twitter.com/3HRGu975K2</a>" it&#39;s all about The U</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/502459862224494592">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bills coach Doug Marrone halted practice today, fed up over mulitple fights breaking out " <a href="http://t.co/vaJWzu6Mby">http://t.co/vaJWzu6Mby</a> <a href="http://t.co/q1SkTd0Scu">pic.twitter.com/q1SkTd0Scu</a></p>&mdash; NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL/statuses/502546946708365312">August 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints waive four players
Roster now stands at 86

Mandeville turns out to see Saints in their backyard | wwltv.com New Orleans
First it was West Virginia, then St. Louis for preseason game number one, and now the black and gold are across the lake in Mandeville.

Saints, Jairus Byrd relish chance to impress Northshore fans | wwltv.com New Orleans
Though it was a Wednesday, the Friday Night Lights lit up the Mandeville High School football field, while on it the New Orleans Saints did much the same to the 6,617 fans in attendance.

Sean Payton impressed with setup and crowd at Mandeville High practice
Video and quotes form Sean Payton's Wednesday's press conference

Rickey Jackson, Curtis Johnson to speak at first meeting of Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club
The meeting will take place at the Cannery

Jairus Byrd Ready For Debut With The Saints
"I feel good". That's how Jairus Byrd ended his latest interview session with the media that you can find on neworleanssaints.com. Yesterday the Saints pract

Saints-Colts Game Day Song - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Our friends, 5 Star and TBone have slung out another one - Saints Colts game day song.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees is No. 7 on Louisiana's all-time list of top 51 athletes | NOLA.com
At 35, Brees remains one of the top professional athletes on the planet and appears to be at the top of his game with the 2014 season a couple of weeks away.

New Orleans Saints' Kenny Stills could exceed expectations, national columnist says | NOLA.com
A look at what's being written about the Saints nationally

Saints practice indoors on Thursday: photo gallery | NOLA.com
Not much action but some pretty good dancing as the Saints' hold indoor practice at the team's headquarters in Metairie on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

New Orleans Saints rookie Brandin Cooks returns to practice on a limited basis Thursday | NOLA.com
Safety Marcus Ball was not at practice

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NFL News

Tom Coughlin: Want excitement? Move extra points to the 1 | ProFootballTalk
"I didn’t think much of it when it was suggested," Coughlin said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. "There are some ways to change that part of it if the intent is to make it more exciting. I think that certainly would be one of them. I think you have to be aware of the fact that it’s a 33-yard field goal in November when the wind’s blowing and it’s snowing here and it’s… in Miami it’s 75 degrees. It’s a little different in different parts of the country. You do have to be aware of that. I would say probably the ball will stay at the two, extra points. But if you really want to make it interesting put it at the one."

Irsay trial postponed to October 30 | ProFootballTalk
Colts owner Jim Irsay has received a two-month reprieve in a court of law.  That may not matter much in the Court of Goodell. Per the Associated Press, a judge has postponed from August 28 until October 30 Irsay's trial on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Sched...

Saints Camp Report: Day 19 - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
MANDEVILLE, La. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New Orleans Saints training camp: It didn't take long for safety Jairus Byrd to

Jarius Byrd, New Orleans Saints secondary beginning to soar - ESPN
MANDEVILLE, La. -- Injuries have delayed the true unveiling this summer. But the highly-touted New Orleans Saints secondary is finally starting to tak

Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints to play Saturday against Indianapolis Colts - ESPN
Drew Brees doesn't appear to be showing any rust after his two-week hiatus to rest a strained oblique.

New Orleans Saints fans rank third best in NFL, according to Forbes - ESPN
The "Who Dat Nation" is among the top-3 fan bases in the NFL, according to a study by Forbes. The New Orleans Saints’ fan base ranks

Pierre Thomas expects to do "more pass protection and route running" | ProFootballTalk
The Saints traded Darren Sproles to the Eagles this offseason and saw Lance Moore sign with the Steelers as a free agent in a pair of moves that eliminated two players that caught 108 passes between them in 2013.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's final presser before Colts game
Sean Payton talks about Saturday's game vs the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Saints highlights from Wednesday, Aug. 20
A highlights package from Wednesday's New Orleans Saints practice at Mandeville High School.