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Lyons Yellin / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: lyellin@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. --The New Orleans Saints have signed 10 players to their practice squad, including safety Pierre Warren, the team announced Monday.

The organization also signed tight end Nic Jacobs and ex-Buffalo Bills guard Antoine McClain, while confirming the signings of wide receivers Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones, cornerbacks Trevin Wade and Terrence Frederick, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil and linebacker Todd Davis.

The Saints signed Warren out of Jacksonville State following this year's NFL draft. He has since been one of the team's most impressive performers, and at times looked to be a legitimate contender to make the team. However, depth at his position and the emergence of CFL-discovery Marcus Ball, whom the Saints retained on the initial 53-man roster, made Warren the odd man out. In four exhibition games he recorded 10 tackles (seven solo), one interception, two passes defensed and one special teams stop.

McClain, the only practice squad addition with no prior relationship with the Saints, joins the organization after being waived by Buffalo over the weekend. Originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens after going undrafted out of Clemson in 2012, McCain spent the first six weeks of 2013 on the Oakland Raiders active roster before being acquired on waivers by Buffalo, where he was a backup for the team's final 11 games.

Jacobs caught just one pass for 15 yards during the preseason. Yet, the Saints like him, and his 6-foot, 6-inch, 269-pound frame, for his potential as a blocking tight end. The Saints signed Jacobs in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from McNeese State, where, last season, he recorded 32 receptions for 453 yards (14.2 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. A Louisiana native, Jacobs spent his first three years of college at LSU, but, in 19 games, had just five receptions for 58 yards.

Coleman, meanwhile, didn't wait for the Saints to announce his signing, taking care of it himself Sunday evening by sharing the news and his feelings about it via social media.

'I'm humbled and honored to be apart of this organization, I realize I didn't reach my goal of earning a spot on the 53 man active roster but I got my foot in the door on the practice squad and that's a start,' the rookie free agent from Rutgers wrote on Facebook.

The Saints see Coleman's 6-foot, 6-inch frame as an asset, though he struggled at times with drops and looks to need some seasoning, which he'll get on the practice squad. Hehad five receptions for 50 yards in four exhibition games.

'The odds are against me but I was never a math wiz lol (laugh out loud) all I know is how to grind,' he wrote on Facebook. 'I never for a second took for granted putting on that uniform and stepping across those white lines. I will do it again. I understand my role but I'm never satisfied. I'm excited.'

Undrafted from Valdosta State, Jones was an early standout at camp before fading towards the end. At 6-feet, 3-inches, he's another tall receiver who at times displayed striking versatility. He caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown during the preseason.

Rooks, sixth-round selection out of Kansas State in 2014, is team's only draft pick who failed to make the 53-man roster. Nevertheless, the Saints have always viewed him as a developmental project potentially in need of a 'redshirt' year. After beginning training camp on the non-football injury list, he missed the team's first exhibition game against St. Louis, playing just 28 snaps over the final three games. He closed the preseason on somewhat of a sour note, surrendering a fourth-down sack on the Saints' final drive against Baltimore.

Davis' path to the practice squad took a few twists and turns on Sunday as the Saints, according to league sources, apparently offered him a practice squad contract, rescinded it, then, ultimately brought him aboard.

An undrafted free agent from Sacramento State, Davis played 109 preseason snaps and finished second on the team in tackles with 15 (three special teams), including a game-high seven (one special teams) against Baltimore. He also added two quarterback hurries and a quarterback hit.

Despite spending the final four games of 2013 on the active roster, two of which were in the playoffs (Philadelphia and Seattle), Wade was never able to separate himself from a talented defensive back pool. He had seven tackles (three special teams) in the preseason.

A seventh-round selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Wade appeared in 13 games, totaling 11 tackles, one pass defended and six special teams stops. He is the only practice squad member eligible because of the league's new rule allowing for up to two players who have accrued no more than two seasons in the NFL. Generally, a player would not be eligible after one season of accrued time, however the new rule allows for an exception if a player spent fewer than nine games on the active 46-man roster, which Wade has.

The Saints signed Frederick off the Cleveland Browns practice squad in late December, but he was inactive for the regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as both playoff games. He missed two exhibition games and much of training camp due to injury.

Also undrafted from Valdosta State, Virgil, a nose tackle, had five tackles and a sack during the preseason.

The organization waived or terminated the contracts of 37 players over the last week of roster cuts, 22 of which were eligible to join the team's practice squad after they cleared the 24-hour waiver period without being claimed by another organization.

The Saints made no waiver claims and signed just one player, McClain, who had been released by another team. Teams typically prefer to resign players whom they've just waived.

Players on the practice squad are paid a minimum of $6,300 per week, which amounts to $107,100 for the 17-week period of employment.

Practice squad players can be signed by any of the league's 32 teams provided they're immediately added to a 53-man roster. The Saints elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to their 53-man roster last season, when the St. Louis Rams attempted to sign him off of the practice squad.

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