With the first round of NFL cuts needing to come by Tuesday, August 30, 2011; the New Orleans Saints don’t have to make a lot of drastic decisions just yet. NFL teams must get rosters down from 90 to 80 by the end of the day on Tuesday, but the cut down deadline to the final 53-man roster is quickly approaching.
That being said, the Saints are going to have to make some big time cuts soon and a number of noticeable names will be missing from the hard-hitting defense. When the Saints step on the field against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 8, many of the players that fans have seen during the preseason will no longer be there.
With some mistakes being made and injuries happening during the preseason, there could be a number of unexpected players actually being on the defensive roster come the first gameday. Included in this list is also the special teams players that will make it or not.
Here are my predictions as to the players that will make the final cut and those that won’t. None of these are confirmed and are merely my predictions for the defense.
Check out my predictions for the New Orleans offensive cuts here
- Makes it: Will Smith, Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette, Alex Brown, Turk McBride, Sedrick Ellis, Shaun Rogers, Swanson Miller, Aubrayo Franklin, and Mitch King
- Doesn’t make it: Greg Romeus, Tom Johnson, and Dexter Larimore
- Makes it: Jonathan Vilma, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Scott Shanle, Will Herring, Martez Wilson, and Jonathan Casillas
- Doesn’t make it: Ezra Butler, Clint Ingram, Dwight Roberson, Nate Bussey, and Ramon Humber
- Makes it: Tracy Porter, Patrick Robinson, Johnny Patrick, Jabari Greer, and Leigh Torrence
- Doesn’t make it: Terrail Lambert, Trumain McBride, Fabian Washington, Mark Parson, and Quincy Butler
- Makes it: Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Chris Reis, Pierson Prioleau, and Jonathon Amaya
- Doesn’t make it: Paul Oliver, Isa Abdul-Quddus, and DeAndre McDaniel
- Makes it: Garrett Hartley, Thomas Morstead, and Justin Drescher
- Doesn’t make it: Kyle Nelson
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