Monday, August 31, 2009

Saints Nation's 53 Man Roster Prediction

Back on April 28th I took a stab at what the Saints' 53 man roster would look like (CLICK HERE) and the one I've compiled today looks a good bit different. As we close in on the deadline for cuts of September 5th the Saints will have some very difficult decisions to make. Here is what I believe will be the most likely 53 man New Orleans Saints roster as of today:

QB: (3) Drew Brees, Mark Brunell, Joey Harrington
HB: (4) Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Mike Bell, Lynell Hamilton
FB: (1) Heath Evans
WR: (5) Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Rod Harper
TE: (4) Jeremy Shockey, Billy Miller, Darnell Dinkins, Buck Ortega
C: (2) Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Leckey
G: (3) Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Jamar Nesbit
T: (4) Jammal Brown, Jon Stinchcomb, Jermon Bushrod, Zach Strief

E: (4) Bobby McCray, Paul Spicer, Anthony Hargrove, Jeff Charleston
DT: (4) Sedrick Ellis, Kendrick Clancy, DeMario Pressley, Rod Coleman
OLB: (4) Scott Shanle, Scott Fujita, Troy Evans, Jo-Lonn Dunbar
MLB: (2) Jonathan Vilma, Marvin Mitchell
CB: (5) Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter, Randall Gay, Malcolm Jenkins, Leigh Torrence
FS: (3) Darren Sharper, Usama Young, Pierson Prioleau
SS: (2) Roman Harper, Chris Reis

K: (1) John Carney
P: (1) Thomas Morstead
LS: (1) Jason Kyle

Keep in mind Charles Grant, Will Smith and Garrett Hartley are all suspended in weeks 1 through 4, and when they return the Saints will have to cut 3 players.

Notable Cuts: Skyler Green, Courtney Roby, PJ Hill, Herb Donaldson, Olaniyi Sobomehin, Danny Gorrer, Anthony Waters, Jonathan Casillas, Adrian Arrington, Remi Ayodele

I believe many if not all of the players listed under "notable cuts" will be signed to the Saints practice squad assuming they clear waivers. In some cases that may be an unsafe assumption.