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The first round of NFL cuts isn't mandatory until Aug. 31. The Saints said to heck with waiting that long, cutting five players Tuesday night, including special teams captain Troy Evans.

Speaking of special teams, the Saints are doing they're darndest to correct what has been ailing the unit.

Patrick Ramsey will get his opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can do Friday night.

Starting right cornerback Tracy Porter missed practice Tuesday with 'soreness' in his left knee. He wasn't the only one who sat out.

Drew Brees is always good to talk with. ThePFWA confirmed that by giving him an award.

Elsewhere around the interweb:
Les East of says Greg McMahon is working overtime to fix the special teams problems.

Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate writes about how Jonathan Casillas earned theNo. 1 weakside linebacker spot.

East, also writing for the Advocate, quotes Drew Brees saying the team is still in training camp mode.

Matt LeBlanc of the Houma Courier believes Reggie Bush is ready for a breakout season.

Jeff Duncan, friend of the EOSB and head man for the T-P/ Saints Syndicate, says Gregg Williams is alright with his defense's reputation as rough.

Peter Finny, legendary wordsmith with the T-P, writes that the Saints might be the least disliked reigning champion.

Mike Triplett, Duncan and Finney's teammate, says that Malcolm Jenkins is ready to start if need be.

Nationally speaking:
Pat Yasinskas of posts to his NFC South blog a breakdown of New Orleans' defensive ends.

Yasinskas also posts the Champ Camp from the World Wide Network.

Len Pasquarellie of says running backs are in short supply right now for New Orleans. writes that Darren Sharper is unlikely to return for the season opener.

The Houston Chronicle says that former LSU standout Trindon Holliday is out for the season with a thumb injury.

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