METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints began assembling their practice squad Sunday, scooping up players waived Saturday when the organization cut their roster to 53 prior to the afternoon deadline.
Under new league rules, the Saints may sign up to 10 players to the practice squad, and as of late Sunday, had signed seven, according to several league sources: 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 have yet to officially announce any signings.
However, Coleman, who had five receptions for 50 yards in four preseason games, confirmed he had indeed joined the club's practice squad, sharing the news and his feelings 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, however he struggled at times with drops and looks to need some seasoning, which he'll get on the practice squad.
'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 one of camp's early standouts, but tailed off 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.
The Saints drafted Rooks this year in sixth round out of Kansas State as a developmental project. However, he began training camp on the non-football injury list and was the team's only draft pick who failed to make the roster. He played just 28 snaps during the preseason, and finished it by surrendering a fourth-down sack on the Saints' final drive against Baltimore.
In what was surely a roller coaster of day for Davis, the Saints, according to league sources, apparently offered him a practice squad contract, but later rescinded that, only to eventually bring him aboard.
Davis, an undrafted free agent from Sacramento State, 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.
Wade is the only member of the practice squad eligible because of the league's new rules 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 Saints could add as many as three more players, yet also could choose to carry less than the 10 permitted under league rules.
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 are permitted to sign players who've recently been released by other teams, yet choose not to. 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.
Saints practice squad eligible players
* Eligible non-rookies
** Special exception (limit two players)
1. QB Logan Kilgore
2. RB Derrick Strozier
3. WR Brandon Coleman (signed per source)
4. WR Seantavius Jones (signed per source)
5. WR Charles Hawkins *
6. TE Nic Jacobs
7. C Matt Armstrong
8. OT Tavon Rooks (signed, per source)
9. OT Marcel Jones *
10 OT Manase Foketi *
11. OT Jason Weaver *
12. DE Rufus Johnson Jr. *
13. DE George Uko
14. NT Lawrence Virgil (signed, per source)
15. ILB Todd Davis (signed, per source)
16. LB Kevin Reddick *
17. CB Derrius Brooks *
18. CB Terrence Frederick * (signed, per source)
19. CB Rod Sweeting *
20. CB Trevin Wade ** (signed, per source)
21. S Pierre Warren
22. K Derek Dimke *