So here it is. My best guess at the Saints final 53-man roster. I'll end it by saying, I'm glad I don't have to make these decisions for a living. It is very tough to decide.
I'm now convinced the Saints are keeping three. Not only that, McCown officially won the preseason on Thursday. Until that game, it was at the very least a toss up or Griffin slightly in the lead in the competition. McCown is more efficient. Griffin still has some kinks to work out but his potential is there. I think he stays.
Wide Receiver (6)
I'm sticking with six though I wish that were not the case. The Stills' injury leaves them too thin.A very realistic alternative could be releasing Meachem for week one, then bringing him back after to avoid guaranteeing his salary.
Running Backs (4)
No change here. These four players will be on the roster.
Tight End (3)
Easy call here. Hill has had an outstanding training camp/preseason.
Still no sign of Erik Lorig and with Greg Jones reportedly already gone, Johnson is the guy at fullback.
Goodwin appears to be the starter but both will be around.
I'm still sticking with Kelemete here though Marcel Jones made it an interesting battle.
No change here.
Defensive End (4)
Defensive Tackle (2)
Brandon Deaderick is so close but with injuries elsewhere, I decided to keep him off.
Outside Linebacker (4)
Ronald Powell or Kasim Edebali? That is the question. I've gone back and forth with this and ultimately stuck with Powell. Powell didn't outplay Edebali. In fact, Edebali may have flashed a little more. Just call it a gut feeling.
Remember, this also projects Khairri Fortt going to IR.
Inside Linebacker (4)
I feel like I'm flirting with disaster by only having eight total linebackers on the roster. But with needs at other places and the way this defense is run, this seems like the one position that can withstand the lower numbers.
Don't freak out over Robinson's bad night. I still think this group will be much improved in 2014.
The mystery surrounding Marcus Ball has added new intrigue to the safety position. Combine that with Rob Ryan's love of safeties and I have Warren as the lone undrafted free agent making the final roster.
Thomas Morstead (P)
Shayne Graham (K)
Justin Drescher (LS)