A good bit of surprises as the Saints roster finalized today, at least until they tweak it with any waiver claims and additional pickups. The biggest surprises to me were TE Josh Hill and S Isa Abdul-Quddus (only because he seemed to be a complete afterthought in preseason) making the team, as well as ST Courtney Roby and WR Preston Parker being cut. Also very surprising was that the Saints only kept three outside linebackers, and I'm curious if that means they're looking to add another from elsewhere. Here is your 53 Saints roster for now:
QB (2): Drew Brees, Luke McCown
RB (5): Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Travaris Cadet, Khiry Robinson
FB (1): Jed Collins
WR (5): Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Nick Toon, Kenny Stills, Andy Tanner
TE (3): Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson, Josh Hill
C (1): Brian de la Puente
G (3): Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs, Tim Lelito
T (4) Charles Brown, Zach Strief, Bryce Harris, Terron Armstead
E (5): Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks, Glenn Foster, Tyrunn Walker, Tom Johnson
NT (2): Brodrick Bunkley, John Jenkins
OLB (3): Parys Haralson, Junior Galette, Martez Wilson
ILB (6): Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, Jonathan Vilma, Ramon Humber, Kevin Reddick, Will Herring
CB (5): Keenan Lewis, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Corey White, Rod Sweeting
S (5): Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Isa Abdul-Quddus
K (1): Garrett Hartley
P (1): Thomas Morstead
LS (1): Justin Drescher
The Saints also placed Eric Olsen on IR and remember, Victor Butler is currently on the reserve PUP list. The following players were also either waived or released:
Courtney Roby, Jay Richardson, Chris Carr, Saalim Hakim, Ryan Griffin, Isaako Aaitui, Ray Shipman, Elliott Mealer, Keavon Milton, Michael Higgins, Andrew Tiller, Jim Leonhard, Preston Parker, Austin Johnson, Jeremiah Warren, Rufus Johnson, Jumal Rolle, Korey Lindsey, Jerico Nelson, Baraka Atkins, and Marcel Jones.
Stay tuned for the practice squad.
I can not understand Parker being cut. It is his 4th year in the league.. That means no practice squad, right? The only reason I can imagine is because he did not fit in the locker room. He has some prior legal troubles too.
Good news though, the possible injury to Colston and Toon is no big deal it seems only keeping 5 WRs.
With Bush kept they have a gunner to replace Roby.
Future moves I see is IAQ being cut to make room for an OLB. They will want to trade an ILB and or Cadet or Robinson for an OLB or a draft pick Round 3 or lower.