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What Will the Saints 53-Man Roster Look Like?

Trying to pick who the Saints will keep and who they will let go has been difficult for me. I always tell my readers, you just never know with these things. But today I’m going to take a stab at it. As I look into my crystal fleur-de-lis, this is what I see.

QB (2) —-1. Drew Brees, 2. Patrick Ramsey
As well as Chase Daniel has played in the preseason, I think the Saints opt for Ramsey who has more experience. But Daniel won’t be too far; he’ll be on the practice squad providing he can clear waivers.

Tailback (4)—-Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Chris Ivory, Ladell Betts
I think the Saints stick with four backs here. It was a formula that served them well last year and I think they stick with it. Ivory has had a very impressive showing in training camp and in preseason, so I don’t think they’ll let raw talent like that get away. They will keep the experience of Betts around as an extra insurance policy. As injury-prone as the position has been, they will want to maintain depth.

Fullback (1)—-Heath Evans
The Saints are likely to keep just one fullback. They like Zak Keasey, but they need the roster spot. Besides, they have tightends who can play the position in a pinch.

WR (6)—-Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson, Courtney Roby, Adrian Arrington
The first four are no-brainers. Roby is much too valuable on special teams to let go and Arrington has shown some moments of sheer brilliance in the preseason. His ability to haul in strikes down the field make him the type of receiver that the Saints love to have as a target for Brees.

Tight End (4)—-Jeremy Shockey, David Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Tory Humphrey
The Saints will keep four TEs. Shockey and Thomas are givens. I thought Graham might end up on IR for the year, but since he’s back at practice and slated to play against the Titans, he’s on the team– provided he stays healthy. As for Humphrey, his potential definitely can’t be ignored. There will most likely be plenty of depth at tight end this year.

Offensive Tackle (4)—-Jon Stinchcomb, Jermon Bushrod, Zach Strief, Charles Brown
This one is a no-brainer. Jeremy Parnell will probably make the practice squad though.

Guard (3)—-Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Terrence Metcalf
This one too is a no-brainer.

Center (2)–Jonathan Goodwin, Matt Tennant
I think the Saints keep the rookie, Tennant instead of the veteran Leckey. I wrestled with this though because Leckey is such a versatile player and the Saints love that.

Defensive End (5)–Will Smith, Alex Brown, Jeff Charleston, Jimmy Wilkerson, Bobby McCray
Several people think McCray will be cut again, but I think he stays around because of his playmaking potential. Junior Galette will likely go to the practice squad because the Saints have to recognize his talent at this point and won’t want to let him get away.

Defensive Tackle (5)—-Sedrick Ellis, Remi Ayodele, Anthony Hargrove, Demario Pressley, Kendrick Clancy
I think the Saints brought a healthy Clancy back to help stout up against the run. Remember he lost his job to Ayodele when he got hurt. I think Pressley stays also. He really needs to have a good game against Tennessee to cement his spot though. The fourth-round draft pick, Al Woods goes to the practice squad–unless he can pull off a miracle in the final preseason game to determine otherwise.

Linebacker (6)–Jonathan Vilma, Scott Shanle, Jonathan Casillas, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Stanley Arnoux, Marvin Mitchell
With Arnoux getting a little banged up, his status becomes wobbly and could change. Clint Ingram is still on the PUP list and unlikely to be able to play although he is making progress in his rehab.

Cornerback (4)—-Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Randall Gay
I think Leigh Torrence gets cut despite his beautiful pick-six against the Chargers. Up until that point, he’d struggled mightily. Reggie Jones, it looks like, will end up on the practice squad.

Safeties (4)—-Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Usama Young, Pierson Prioleau
Of all the positions, this one gave me the hardest time. The Saints need to maintain depth here, so they’ll have to be smart about who they keep. I think Chris Reis is the loser here even though he’s good on special teams. Young’s experience is probably his saving grace. Darren Sharper is still on the PUP list where I think he remains or he could be cut outright. Prioleau also got a bit nicked up, so his status could change. In that case, Reis could be okay. This position is really up in the air right now.

Specialists (3)—-Garrett Hartley (Kicker), Thomas Morstead (Punter), Jason Kyle, long snapper
This is another no-brainer.

I’m really anxious to see how things pan out with this.

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