New Orleans Saints: An early preview of the final 53-man roster

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Twenty-seven. That’s how many players that not only the New Orleans Saints must cut, but also every other team in the NFL. It’s mandatory as teams can only carry 53 players on the regular season roster, and dress only 46 of those come come game day.

It’s a numbers game, and inevitably good talent nearly always gets caught up in the cut. That doesn’t mean they won’t end up on another team, but for some it does mean the end of their dream to play in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints have assembled a promising group of veteran players, drafted and undrafted players, of which they must decide just who will comprise the best possible team this season.

All of these cuts must be finalized by tomorrow afternoon. Let’s take an early look at who may make the cut with the Saints and land on the coveted “53″.

Quarterback: Drew Brees, Chase Daniel

Runningback: Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory

Fullback: Korey Hall

Receiver: Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Adrian Arrington

Tightend: Jimmy Graham, David Thomas, Tory Humphrey

Offensive Line: Jermon Bushrod, Jordan Black, Carl Nicks, Olin Kreutz, Matt Tennant, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, Charles Brown, Brian De La Puente

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