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With or without Ingram, the Saints figured to be an excellent offense because they have the same key players who in Sean Payton’s five previous seasons as coach have led the league in yards three times, points twice, and finished outside the top five in each category only once. And those players remain in their primes.

Two positions where newcomers could be factors quickly are running back and receiver. A couple of first-round draft picks — the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones and the New Orleans Saints’ Mark Ingram — lead the parade, joining powerful offenses where they don’t need to be the focal point.

It’s a logical fit because New Orleans was carrying only two tight ends. Jimmy Graham is expected to be used mostly as a pass catcher and David Thomas has good versatility. But Gilmore is a blocking specialist who could be used when the Saints use two-tight-end formations.

According to the official Twitter account of the Saints, the players for the practice squad will be: LB Nate Bussey, QB Sean Canfield, TE Michael Higgins, CB Terrail Lambert, DT Swanson Miller, LS Kyle Nelson, C Cecil Newton, and WR Andy Tanner.

With Smith suspended and Alex Brown released in the first-round of cuts, New Orleans will rely on McBride, rookie Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette and Jeff Charleston to fill the void.

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